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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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A Century of Horror — and Hope
Rabbi Moshe Grylak More connected than at first glance
Sundown
Eytan Kobre When Chazal say so, that eclipses all else
Great Expectations
Jacob L. Freedman Not just his personal nachas machine
Vote of Thanks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Dov Ber was using Hashem as an excuse
Today’s Trash
Faigy Peritzman “Guess what I did today!”
Navigating In-Lawing
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurturing this relationship with kindness, consideration...
From Humdrum to Happy
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner The challenge: infusing these days with joy!