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Making It Work

Simcha Lerner

It’s a delicate and time-consuming process. It requires research and discussion, sensitivity and finesse, trial and error, speaking with mentors and learning experiences. When it’s time for a kollel yungerman to make the transition to the workplace, where does he begin? How can he find the option best suited to his personality and parnassah needs? And how can he draw on those years in the beis medrash to benefit and inform his new schedule?

 

That Child Was Me

Aharon Granevich-Granot, Southern France

Matzos hidden in a basket of soiled laundry. Food vouchers clandestinely exchanged. Such are the memories of Reb Hershel Fink, a Holocaust survivor who spent the war years in southern France, which was part of the Nazi-collaborating Vichy regime. None of the righteous Gentiles are alive to testify how they hid the region’s Jews, but their children, now elderly themselves, remember their parents’ refusal to take the side of evil in the face of the Nazi onslaught.

 

Embattled but Undeterred

Binyamin Rose

Pending the outcome of his present legal entanglement, Avigdor Lieberman will spend next year either in the Knesset or in court defending himself. In this exclusive interview with Mishpacha’s news editor, Binyamin Rose, Lieberman, one of the “tough guys” of Israeli politics, says that while he doesn’t seek conflicts, he won’t shy away from them either.

 

The Joke’s on Him

Barbara Bensoussan

If you’re British and hear the name Ashley Blaker, you’ll probably start to giggle. Blaker, one of the funniest men in the British entertainment industry who today wears a black hat and has peyos behind his ears, talks about becoming religious in a heavily atheistic medium, and how a Torah life doesn’t have to be humorless. And, quoting a Gemara about the value of making others laugh, he says that “what I do can even be considered a mitzvah.”

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