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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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Declaring Bankruptcy
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Something from Nothing
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The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”