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“We Don’t Close Doors”: 35 years since the passing of Rav Itzikel of Pshevorsk.

Y. Honig

It seemed to be a train like any other, as the clanking of the wheels and the shrill of the whistle announced its arrival. The passenger who emerged also seemed like any other, as he stepped onto the platform. Yet with his arrival, the face of Belgium would be changed forever. The lives of hundreds would be enriched — including the life of a devoted gabbai, Reb Chaim Honig, who shares his memories of his beloved rebbe, Reb Moshe Yitzchak (Itzikel) Gevirtzman of Pshevorsk

 

On Shabbos the Senator Stays Home

Binyamin Rose

Conventional wisdom dictates that if you want to stay out of arguments, steer clear of politics and religion. Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman has made a career out of both, while managing to garner respect and warmth from fractious politicians and religious leaders of all stripes. In this personal and revealing interview, Senator Lieberman shares his feelings on his new book on life as the Senate’s only observant Jew, as well as the role religion may play in next year’s presidential election.

 

Caught On Guard

Riva Pomerantz

They thought they were invincible, those IDF soldiers who were guarding the border between Israel and Egypt. That illusion was shattered when war broke out on Yom Kippur of 1973 and hundreds of supposedly unbeatable Israeli soldiers were transformed into prisoners of war begging for their lives. One of them, Zion Siton, shares his memories of those fearsome days.

 

Song for a Nazi, Song for Heaven

Aharon Granevich-Granot

Huddled in a narrow bunk, surrounded by his fellow prisoners in the Nazi death camp, Chazzan Herschel Fink of Antwerp began intoning the awe-inspiring words of Kol Nidrei. Even when the door burst open and he found himself facing the malevolent gaze of a senior Nazi officer, he continued singing. Over half a century later, he tells the story of his personal rescue on that fateful night.

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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod