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Victim of Jerusalem synagogue attack 'a real man of God'
Victim of Jerusalem synagogue attack 'a real man of God'

Shimon Kraft met Kalman Levine on the first day of second grade when they were carpooling to a new Jewish day school in Kansas City. Even after Levine moved to Los Angeles and then Israel — rarely to return — they remained close friends. Their friendship remained unbroken even after Kraft divorced Levine's younger sister. "I was friends with him before I was married to his sister," Kraft explained. Photos of Levine — who became an Orthodox rabbi and a Torah scholar — show a man with an unruly long gray beard and a black hat, but Kraft remembers him as the All-American boy from the Midwest, athletic and funny, a guy who could listen to nearly any...

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