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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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Not a Newspaper
Shoshana Friedman A deeper difference between newspapers and magazines
Services in Shards
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Such a painful, malicious lie!”
The Pittsburgh Protests: All Politics All the Time
Yonoson Rosenblum The old rule — “no enemies on the left” — still applies
Danger: School Crossing
Eytan Kobre The hypocrisy of YAFFED’s assertion is breathtaking
Real Laughter and Real Tears
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger The two sides of a life lived with emunah
Work/Life Solutions with Eli Langer
Moe Mernick I was proud to be “that guy with the yarmulke”
Is Ktchong! a Mitzvah? When Prayer and Charity Collide
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman These cannot both be done effectively at the same time
An Honest Shidduch
Jacob L. Freedman “Baruch Hashem I’m cured, and this will be my secret”
A Blessing in Disguise
Riki Goldstein “I never thought the song would catch on as it has”
Ishay and Motti Strike a Common Chord
Riki Goldstein Bringing together two worlds of Jewish music
What’s your favorite Motzaei Shabbos niggun?
Riki Goldstein From the holy and separate back to the mundane
Rightfully Mine
Faigy Peritzman Don’t regret the job you didn’t land; it was never yours
Growing Greener Grass
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurture your blessings and watch them blossom
My Way or the High Way
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt We know what we want — but do we know what He wants?