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The Early Years

Aryeh Blum

Before they received a place on the mizrach vant of Yerushalayim or Bnei Brak — and before they became an address for bnei Torah seeking counsel and insight —many of our gedolim found homes and callings in less visible or likely venues. Those early posts, responsibilities and interactions, often far from the limelight and familiar hubs of Jewish life, foretold future greatness.

 

The Man with the Plan

Refoel Pride

Rabbi Nochum Stilerman, the legendary fundraiser who raised over $400 million for various causes over the last 50 years, has now made the tools of his trade a public offering: how to internalize discipline, make a rigorous regimen into routine, and actualize dreams.

 

Shabbos in the Air

Mishpacha Staff

The assignment: capture the spirit of Erev Shabbos. The players: 4 photographers and 8 writers. The locations: streets, stores, kitchens, and a hospital ward — wherever Jews are. The medium: camera lenses, pen and ink, computers and Blackberries. When Shabbos is coming, you can’t help but sense it.

 

It Runs in the Family

Eytan Kobre

He was 90 when he left his three-and-a-half-decade career is His asManhattan’s longest-serving DA, building the agency into a legal powerhouse which prosecuted some ofNew York’s highest-profile criminal cases. But Robert Morgenthau is much more than a high-profile crime-buster. He’s the third link in a family of public servants dedicated to helping their Jewish brethren and leaving their mark on the history of the last century.

 

Music Lessons

Yisroel Besser

To you and me, Baruch Levine is the talented composer of hit songs like “Vezakeini” and “Halo Yadahta.” But to the boys at yeshivah ketanah in Waterbury, Connecticut, he’s Rabbi Baruch, their fifth-grade rebbi. How does he juggle both roles, and which one comes first? A surprising look at a musician who’s truly a class act.

 

Chosen in Jerusalem

Rachel Ginsberg

Walking through the ancient streets of theHolyCity, you have a pretty good chance of bumping into someone who thinks he’s messiah, or at least claims to have received a transmission that he’s a central player in the Redemption. It might be a Jew hanging around the gates to theTempleMounttrying to figure out how he should bring his sacrifice, or a Christian tourist walking around theOldCitywrapped in the hotel’s bed sheet as he babbles prophecies to passersby.

 

From Your Wallet to Their Cause: Getting Them to Give

Binyamin Rose

Once tzedakah meant putting pennies in a pushke. Today it can encompass a glossy brochure, a glitzy night out, or something akin to a business arrangement, where donors are treated as shareholders and demand leverage and regular reports. How has the modern age impacted the Nation of Givers? Two leading fundraising professionals survey the ins, outs, and invariables of the world of philanthropy.



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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