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Still Singing

Yisroel Besser

Benzion Fishoff considers the years he’s devoted to communal activism his best investment. “It gave me back my identity,” he says, remembering the cryptic blessing he received from the Imrei Emes of Gur upon taking leave of the Rebbe before the fires consumed Europe. Seven decades later, Reb Benzion looks back at a life filled with miracles, challenges, activism, diplomacy, and above all, the fulfillment of the Rebbe’s words.

 

Master of Body, Servant of Spirit

Eytan Kobre

He escaped the raging fires of Europe to find solace through Torah in distant Shanghai. And then Baltimore’s yeshivas Ner Israel gave him a new mission — to kindle a passion for Torah and mussar in the hearts of American boys — which he carried out faithfully for a quarter century. Forty years since his passing haven’t dimmed the aura of rock-solid faith and principles that still surrounds the memory of Rav Dovid Kronglas ztz”l.

 

Intersecting Lives of Yakob and Yom Tov

Aharon Rubin

The song “Yakob” has been passed down for three generations and many of us grew up with it, either in its original recording by Reb Yom Tov Ehrlich, or in subsequent recordings by Avraham Fried. The lives of “Yakob” — or Yaakov Potash — and composer Reb Yom Tov Ehrlich were forged together from the time they met in Samarkand, on the run from the Nazis. Now, we’ve once again pieced together the gripping story of the intersecting lives of Reb Yom Tov and Reb Yaakov, with the song “Yakob” at the nexus.

 

The Animator

Aharon Granevich-Granot

You might not recognize his name, but his creations became national Israeli icons. Avraham Zmora was head of the marketing team that created the Osem’s Bamba Baby and Tnuva’s Carlo Cat, yet at the peak of his success in the world of marketing and promotions, he left it all to draw pictures of tzaddikim



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Not a Newspaper
Shoshana Friedman A deeper difference between newspapers and magazines
Services in Shards
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Such a painful, malicious lie!”
The Pittsburgh Protests: All Politics All the Time
Yonoson Rosenblum The old rule — “no enemies on the left” — still applies
Danger: School Crossing
Eytan Kobre The hypocrisy of YAFFED’s assertion is breathtaking
Real Laughter and Real Tears
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger The two sides of a life lived with emunah
Work/Life Solutions with Eli Langer
Moe Mernick I was proud to be “that guy with the yarmulke”
Is Ktchong! a Mitzvah? When Prayer and Charity Collide
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman These cannot both be done effectively at the same time
An Honest Shidduch
Jacob L. Freedman “Baruch Hashem I’m cured, and this will be my secret”
A Blessing in Disguise
Riki Goldstein “I never thought the song would catch on as it has”
Ishay and Motti Strike a Common Chord
Riki Goldstein Bringing together two worlds of Jewish music
What’s your favorite Motzaei Shabbos niggun?
Riki Goldstein From the holy and separate back to the mundane
Rightfully Mine
Faigy Peritzman Don’t regret the job you didn’t land; it was never yours
Growing Greener Grass
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurture your blessings and watch them blossom
My Way or the High Way
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt We know what we want — but do we know what He wants?