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Siyum Field Day

Yisroel Besser

It’s not the Giants or the Jets or the Super Bowl, but the 12th Siyum HaShas in MetLife Stadium on August 1st will have its own logistic challenges. How do you remake football stadium, and what if it rains? On the field, with clipboard in hand, before the crowds arrive.

 

Circumcision under the Knife

BinyaminRose

Cruel decrees against circumcision can no longer be dismissed as remnants of the ancient Greek and Roman empires. FromGermanytoLondontoSan Francisco, Jews suddenly find themselves on the defensive, fighting for the right to perform bris milah — the Torah’s first defining Jewish mitzvah.

 

The Baby Boomer

Rhona Lewis

Dr. Baruch Brooks, recently retired halachic supervisor and embryologist at Shaare Zedek Hospital’s IVF unit, and scientific director of Zir Chemed, is the first address for fertility issues in the Orthodox world. A scientist and Torah scholar, he has merited to use his wisdom in Torah and science to bring the joy of a child’s laugh into the silent lives of hundreds of couples.

 

No Barriers In Brisk

Aryeh Ehrlich

Rav Meir Soloveitchik, the youngest son of the Brisker Rav, is not a man known for displays of emotion, but when he approached the funeral bier to recite Kaddish over his dear friend Rav Aharon Mordechai Zilberstrom, his grief was palpable. What forged this intimate bond between the scion of Brisk andJerusalem’s leading light of Lubavitch? In a rare conversation, Rav Meir reveals a small part of the friendship shared with the Lubavitcher genius and revisits the town ofBriskwhere it all started.

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