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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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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”