Month: February 2012

Zman – Adar edition

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Music From The Soul

As soon as he starts playing, he is in a world of his own, entrancing the audience with stirring and passionate melodies that penetrate to the depths of the soul. Yet, his life story is as engrossing as his music…. Zman interviews Yitzchak Fuchs, a star whose time has come…

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Cholent At A US Political Convention

Since at least the 1960s, secular Jews who grew up with little or no knowledge of Judaism typically filled the spiritual vacuum with liberal, left-wing politics. But now that seems to be changing. Zman joined an historical Shabbos at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and presents this exclusive report about a new Jewish group that featured very prominently at this year’s convention: Young Jewish Conservatives, whose twin goals are to recruit conservative support among Jewish students on campus and to bring these students closer to their Jewish heritage.

Ben Shapiro – Rising Star in America’s Conservative Movement

Just 28 years old, he has already accomplished more than politicians many years his senior. At 17, became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US. He is a political commentator, writer, editor, radio talk show host, attorney and media legal consultant. Yet despite his tremendous success in the secular world he maintains his pride in his religion and his yarmulke on his head. Meet Ben Shapiro, a rising star in American politics.

The Young Men and the Sea

Read the gripping account of three young men who went out to sea in a small boat after a drinking binge. By the time they sobered up, they found themselves drifting at sea with no food, drink, fuel or any idea of where they were. How long could they last under such conditions? Not as long as they thought they would ever have to…

133 Days On A Raft… Alone

A Chinese man earned himself a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records that he later commented about, “I hope no one will ever have to break that record.” He was referring to the incredible ordeal of surviving 133 days alone on a raft in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Without training or more than a week of supplies, he survived sharks, the elements, loneliness and a raging typhoon.

Weird and Wonderful Homes

The real estate crash has hit everybody, and families looking for new housing are having a hard time finding places to live. Look at the some of the creative alternatives people around the world have found for their housing, including an airplane that has been converted into a home that sells for $200,000, a converted shipping container that can be rented for as little as $80 to $140 a month and mobile home that costs just $30,000 and will not be subject to exorbitant property taxes…

Operation Ivy Bells

At the height of the Cold War, several highly skilled and specially trained US divers snuck into Soviet waters and attached a sophisticated electronic bugging device to an underwater Soviet cable. This gave the United States access to Russia’s greatest secrets for nearly a decade and allowed them to know precisely what malicious plans the Soviet leaders were conspiring against them. When the Soviets discovered the secret, however, American lives were placed in jeopardy. Read the gripping account of Operation Ivy Bells.

The Leatherman

For three decades he kept walking the same circular route, spanning an area from western Connecticut to Putnam and Westchester counties in New York. He traversed a large distance every 34 days, and everyone knew that in precisely 34 days he would be back. But who was this man dressed completely in leather and why did he follow this odd habit? Books have been written about this legendary figure and many researchers have tried to discover his identity.

Music From The Soul

Yitzchak Fuchs has been singing publicly for over 25 years, but until recently his soulful performances have been treasured only by a small circle of music-loving devotees, mostly in Israel. Less than three years ago, Fuchs was “discovered” and since then many of the biggest stars of Jewish music have purchased the rights to perform his songs and/or asked him to join in concert. In this inspiring interview, Zman gets the inside look at an Israeli baal teshuva whose personal demeanor is as straight-from-the-heart as is his uncanny natural musical aptitude.

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Zman – Shevat

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Showdown At The Strait of Hormuz

In the arena of international diplomacy, words can be as explosive as bombs. Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf has catapulted this tiny strip of water to the forefront of world news in the last two months. With a possibly historic conflict brewing, which at the minimum would affect every purse around the globe, the eyes of the nations are turned toward the Persian Gulf. Read more about this extremely volatile situation.

You’re Welcome, Tehran!

As tensions between Iran and the US along the Strait of Hormuz boiled dangerously hot, the US aircraft carrier group barred from Strait by the Islamic Republic rescued a group of 13 Iranian fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea, bringing about a dramatic finale to a 40-day ordeal for the hostages who had expected to die. Read about the dramatic rescue and why Iran’s expression of thanks for the “humanitarian” act rang a little hollow.

The Twin Towers Tightrope Walker

Philippe Petit had long dreamed of stretching a rope between the Twin Towers and walking across. When he finally did so, the police who came to arrest him were stunned. “Then he began jumping on the rope,” one of them said, “and I mean literally jumping; high into the air and landing on the rope, again and again. We were all speechless.” Though arrested, Petit became a hero and in so doing transformed the new World Trade Center, once viewed by the masses as a public nuisance, into a popular New York attraction.

The Human Fly

Though not the first person to ascend one of the Twin Towers up to the 110th floor, George Willig was the first to do so without the use of the staircase, choosing instead to scale the massive skyscraper climbing up its outer walls! Even to the policemen on the roof who came to arrest him asked him for his autograph! Read about the climber who scaled the Twin Towers—one step at a time.

Buyer Beware: Your Credit Card Is Bugged

Although you are not aware of it, every time you use your credit card the affable company that kindly issued you your credit card is spying on you. The company constantly gathers data about your spending habits, and uses this to compile a profile of you as a consumer to better understand how to make money off of you. “Buyer beware” was never truer. Brace yourself for a fascinating and disturbing look into the world of credit cards and credit card debt.

Stop Fighting!

On September 2, 1945, representatives of the Japanese government signed the surrender document aboard the USS Missouri and World War II was finally over. However, even as the great armies of the world demobilized, one Japanese soldier never laid down his arms. The news of his country’s surrender failed to reach him and for the next 30 years he lived in isolation, carrying on the war against an enemy that no longer existed!

The Shot That Pierced Brooklyn

The Jewish community of Brooklyn was deeply shaken 22 years ago. The violent crime that reigned free in New York City suddenly penetrated deep into the heart of the community, touching a widely respected and deeply beloved community activist. Zman spoke to some of the people most closely involved in that incident. We uncovered a startling and dramatic account of the tragic events that left a deep scar on the heimishe community — a scar that remains until this day.