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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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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
Words Unspoken I could say, “Welcome to real life, honey!” as I notice ...