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String Theory

Rachel Ginsberg

Violin in hand, Daniel Ahaviel prances around the stage with seemingly boundless energy, electrifying his audiences while his bow never misses a beat. “But,” he says, “I’m not really doing it. It’s being done. People ask me where I get the energy from, but I say, what energy? This isn’t me — it just happens, from some deep place.” With four CDs on the market, master violinist Ahaviel has secured a place for his fiddle in the mainstream Jewish music world – and takes Rebbe Nachman along for inspiration.

 

It’s Always Shabbos in Meron

Aryeh Erlich

Rav Yechezkel Roth, the Karlsburger Rav of New York, leads a venerated beis hora’ah in Boro Park, but his heart is attached to Meron, where he spends weeks secluded in the holy tziyun of Rabi Shimon bar Yochai. He doesn’t divulge too many of his mystical secrets, except to hint at the cryptic blessings all Jews can attain. “When a Jew leaves here, he’ll take with him the blessings of Shabbos — the blessings of Rabi Shimon — and all entreaties will be accepted.”

 

Saved by a Cave

Rachel Bachrach

How did they do it? How did a collection of inexperienced refugees with nothing but the clothes on their backs become a group of world-class cavers? Chris Nicola, an experienced speleologist, was driven to find out their secret. Finally, he tracked down the survivors who were still alive — the family members who pooled their strengths together for two years of pitch darkness hiding from the Nazis in a labyrinth called Priests’ Grotto.

 

Ballpark Solutions

Yisroel Besser

Behind the hype and the banners surrounding the Citi Field event (the “Internet Crisis Event”) is the thoughtful, soft-spoken mechanech who brought the Zilberman educational derech to American shores before becoming a full-time consultant helping parents navigate the confusing world of advanced technology so familiar to their savvy children. Rabbi Nechemiah Gottlieb is convinced a solution can be found for the “challenge of the generation”: “The starting point for any discussion is accepting that for a T



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Torah Consumer’s Alert
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Say Yes to Kindness
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A Soaring Spirit
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