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“He Planted Slabodka in Baltimore”

Eytan Kobre

He started out with four students and he barely spoke English, but Rav Yaakov Yitzchok Ruderman ztz”l had a vision. Who said Baltimore couldn’t be a worthy successor to Slabodka? Today, a quarter century after the Rosh Yeshivah’s passing, Ner Yisroel boasts the largest yeshivah campus in the world, and his disciples — grandfathers themselves — still feel their rebbi’s fatherly devotion.

 

Wedding Guest

Yael Ehrenpreis Meyer

“My life has been one extended miracle,” writes former refusenik Rav Yosef Mendelevich, whose book Unbroken Spirit was recently released in English. From that day in 1970 when he and his refusenik friends tried to hijack a plane out of Russia, through eleven years in Soviet prisons and finally to the tranquility of raising a Torah family in Jerusalem, Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich recently spoke to Mishpacha about that day in June that shook the entire Jewish world.

 

Thank You, Aviad Friedman, for Showing your True Colors

Eytan Kobre

I don’t often write about the Israeli scene, but I can’t silently pass over the interview with the manager of the Plesner Committee, Aviad Friedman, that appeared in these pages last week. The interviewee’s responses were embarrassingly ignorant, largely incoherent, deeply offensive, and entirely un-Jewish.

 

Traveling? Click to Continue

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

Between the plethora of online booking agencies and airline websites, travel consumers have never had so many choices at their fingertips. But is so much choice too much? When dozens of options pop up on your screen, how do you navigate them all, and who do you talk to when a complication arises? When you need a refund? For those still bewildered by all that information hitting you at once, here are some navigating tips — and the notion that maybe the traditional travel agent isn’t so bad after all.



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Out of This World
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Eternal Joy
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Hidden Special Needs
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Dear Wealthy Friend
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