New Zman! Amazing Issue

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This month’s issue of Zman is particularly exciting. The cover story is about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 as spies. I thought I knew what it was about.

Boy, was I wrong.

This really a break-through piece of journalism. More on it below and the other stories in this month’s issue.

The Truth about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

They were the only people in American history to be executed for treason during times of peace. To this day they are vilified as the spies who passed on secrets about America’s atomic bomb program to the Soviet Union. But did the Rosenbergs actually give away atomic secrets?

For many months, Zman has conducted an intensive, fact-finding mission. We have examined hundreds of documents which for decades were concealed in FBI and KGB archives and classified as “top secret.” We have uncovered many details of this saga that have never before been publicized.

We sought out and interviewed the key players in the Rosenberg case who are still alive, including Michael and Robert Meeropol (Rosenberg), the two sons of Julius and Ethel; Morton Sobell, who admitted in 2008 that he had indeed spied for communist Russia; Miriam Moskowitz, who served time in prison for espionage; and Miriam Schneir and David Alman, two of the most prominent experts on the Rosenberg case.

After much toil and effort and endless hours of in-depth investigation, we are pleased to present a comprehensive exposé of the Rosenberg case. This account will challenge the assumptions of the official version, as it has been known for the last 60 years.

The Rest of this month’s issue…

Winning The Jackpot: Blessing Or Curse?

A month ago, a new world record was set for the largest lottery jackpot in history. Nevertheless, it is remarkable how often such windfalls turn into a curse rather than a blessing. Along with the mega-millions come mega-worries. Often, lifelong friendships and family ties come undone due to mistrust and suspicion of ulterior motives. Many simply fall victim to all the vices Chazal spoke about long ago. Here are some true stories of people whose fantasies turned into nightmares.

A Trip Fit for a King

President Barack Obama’s trip to India touched off a storm of controversy after a newspaper reported that the travel expenses reached $200 million per day! The White House argues that this sum is wildly exaggerated, but the true sum is still enough to raise eyebrows. The controversy drew the public’s attention to the opulence enjoyed by the chief executive, particularly when visiting abroad. This stands in sharp contrast to America’s first presidents, who traveled without bodyguards and were known to have to borrow a carriage for their excursions.

10 Of The Best & Worst of 2010

As has become traditional in the general world, a new calendar year leads to a slew of articles offering recaps, synopses and analyses of the events of the previous year. Here is our version of the 10 greatest inventions and most significant events of the past year, including: Holograms Become a Reality, Lab-Grown Lungs, Cell Phone Doubles as Credit Card Machine, A Flying Car, Human Battery Recharger, Self-Navigating Car, A Car Key that Controls Speed, Fast-Growing Salmon and Two-Story “Straddling” Buses.

When Bureaucracy Drives People Over The Edge…

Many of us have had brushes with bureaucratic red-tape and even governmental corruption. This may have involved uncaring or corrupt officials or even corporations that had the right connections to allow them to get away with unfair behavior. What happens when a deeply disturbed person encounters such trouble? This is the story of three such people who decided to carry out their own brand of justice on a large, rampaging scale.

Airline (In)Security!

A Zman reporter writes about his firsthand experience with airport insecurity… err, security. Woe to the unlucky fellow who tries to smuggle a water bottle or nail clipper onto an airplane. It’s not that we don’t understand the need for airport security. It’s just that what often passes for airport security today will make you… well, very insecure. You know something is wrong when airport security focuses on passengers carrying bottled water and yogurt… while missing people carrying knives and even smuggling real explosives onto the airplane….


One thought on “New Zman! Amazing Issue

    BG, Washington, DC said:
    June 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    The Rosenberg story was very stirring – what more can we do to ensure they are exonerated?

    I also liked the security article although it incorrectly stated that belts had to be removed first – that was the most recent absurdity. I have an objection to taking off my belt because I feel that each month something else has to be removed and it’s a matter of tznius. I did not want to take it off so I went for the patdown instead. Meanwhile they had allowed a family of 4 to go through the regular scanner because the line was too long. I was willing to go through that scanner but it was not considered secure enough. So when the line is too long it’s secure, otherwise it’s not. I have a government clearance and have been through multiple background checks, thus showing how ridiculous the current security is. By the way they still wanted me to take my belt off but I refused because I felt it was not tznius, so I said I had a religious objection to doing so, and they agreed to let me keep it on.

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