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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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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you