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Say the name “Pinky Weber,” and chances are someone will start humming. But not too long ago, the average fan of chassidish music would have had a hard time putting a face to the name “Pinky Weber.” For more than two decades, Reb Pinchas Mordechai Weber was known to the chassidim of Williamsburg as a badchan with rare talent. Virtually no one dreamed how many hearts that talent would touch, and how far from the mitzvah tantz scene his songs would travel.
We invited our panelists to address three questions: what they feel is the single most burning issue facing Jewry today; if they had a million dollars, what plan would they develop to solve it; and, even without that million-dollar grand scheme, what one action, insight, or change by the individual could actually help make our landscape a better place?
Fifty years ago this week, the fire that burned down a dormitory in the Telshe Yeshivah and took the lives of two bochurim threatened to unravel two decades of dedicated toil. Would the yeshivah, built with the steely determination of two roshei yeshivah who lost everything to the Nazis, survive this latest decree?
While every ethnic community grapples with the influences and temptations of modern-day materialism, push-button technology and innovation, the thousands of Yemenites in the Rechovot suburb of Sha’arayim have gone back in time. As the children run to their afternoon Mori, the setting could easily have beenAden,Sana’a, or one of the other ancient traditional centers of Yemenite Jewish life. Here, they’ve managed to preserve it.
Zionthe Barber is a fixture of the narrow streets surrounding Jerusalem’s Mir Yeshivah — not just because of his haircutting skills, or the trust he’s earned from its roshei yeshivah, but because of the way he turns each haircut into a personal encounter.