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United by a Niggun

Barbara Bensoussan

They both have roots in Poland and grew up in Tel Aviv, but the musical career paths of violinist Itzhak Perlman and Chazzan Yitzchak Meir Helfgot couldn’t have been more different—until those paths met a few years ago for a performance that took place, of all places, on the White House Lawn. Now they’ve joined forces once again, this time on a new CD that will be released by Sony Music on September 4. The behind-the-scenes story about this unusual collaboration.

 

Mine Control

Ayala Bar Chaim

There are 200 million landmines still buried all over the globe from decades of wars, killing thousands each year. While countries have allocated millions of dollars to make their territories mine-free, it would take an estimated thousand years to clear the world of mines. But now that a new airborne mine detector system invented by an Israeli geologist has hit the market, the grim prognosis seems a lot less dreary. Will Avi Buzaglo Yoresh’s discovery make the world a safer place?

 

“Bury Me with the Wax”

David Damen, Belgium

When he was a child in Kharkov, Sam (Shlomo) Samuel used to stand behind the chair of his beloved Tchechoiver Rebbe. But although the elderly restaurateur is no longer a chassid in the classic sense, he daily recites the verse that was on the Rebbe’s lips when his holy body turned to ashes.

 

Reroute to the Rockies

Brocha Miller

When most couples their age would be thinking of retirement, Rabbi Yisroel and Rebbetzin Debby Miller were figuring out what their next station would be. So instead of collecting brochures for golden-ager communities inFlorida, they went to their local sporting goods store and stocked up on ski masks and hiking socks. They were off toCalgary, where they hoped to establish a warm spot for Torah in the freezing Canadian Rockies.

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Something from Nothing
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The Business Trip
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Death and Taxes
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Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”