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As a young man, Rav Moshe Yehoshua Hager ztz”l saw his world — the Vizhnitzer court — go up in flames. In the half-light of the dwindling embers, he joined his father in a campaign to rejuvenate Vizhnitzer Torah and Chassidus. The sparks caught, the fire grew warmer, and the dream became a reality, big and bright and pulsing with vitality — a thriving court of loyal chassidim who draw their sustenance from the Torah learning of their Rebbe. With sons who continue to bear the torch, and as the father-in
A short conversation about a Mallorcan street sign was all it took to turn ten-year-old Nicolás Aguilo’s life completely around. Not only did the young Catholic boy eventually become a Jew, but today he is the rabbi of Mallorca’s Chueta community. Mishpacha caught up with Rabbi Nissan Ben-Avraham where it all began, a sunny island off the coast of Spain.
Why do Jews put on those straps and sway, instead of sleeping like everyone else on the plane? Why do they insist on gender separation, and why are they always the last ones on, running up to the gate with bags of overweight carry-ons? Flight attendants would actually like to be enlightened, and Rabbi Yisrael Noach Guttmann has provided them with a syllabus.
Social scientists who study contemporary Jewry have been engaged in an ongoing and intense battle for the past 30 years over trends in American Jewish attachment to Israel. Most studies show declining connection, especially among young people. Along comes a new study that asserts that trend — if it ever existed — is changing for the better.