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Words of Fire, Hearts of Love

Refoel Pride

Rav Shlomo Brevda ztz”l was known as a maggid who traveled around the world giving shiurim, and his listeners knew they were in for a journey that would carry them to vistas overlooking all of human history and the cosmos. Few people knew the concealed parts of this sought-after international man of inspiration, and for so many more, Purim this year won’t be the same without Rav Brevda’s famous drashos on the Megillah. He passed away in Brooklyn on 26 Teves /January 8, 2013, at the age of 81.

 

Double Identity

Daniel Hofstadter

We dress up for one day. They’re in disguise all year long. As soldiers, they are the elite members of Israel’s military. As Arabs, they blend into a hostile population. These undercover commando squads have become one of the IDF’s most brazen and daring strategic military tools for combating terror, but when a group of them posing as vegetable merchants were exposed in a daytime raid recently, these Mistaarvim — who for years have operated beneath the radar — were in the news again. A fight to the finish.

 

Folk Hero

Barbara Bensoussan

When big, burly Moshe Yess — a $2,500-a-night virtuoso jazz, bluegrass, and classical guitarist — showed up in yeshivah wanting to learn how to daven but not knowing alef-beis, it was the beginning of something new in Jewish music. Even after three turbulent decades in the industry and years of personal suffering, he left a legendary legacy encapsulated in the lyrical question that has changed so many lives: “Who will be the Zaidy, if not me?”

 

Filming with Fiveish

Malky Lowinger

It was a freezing cold day in the dead of winter, but that didn’t stop the Shmorg crew from shooting Fiveish and friends on location for an upcoming video. What would you do if you were walking in the park and suddenly saw the six-foot foam-stuffed five-dollar bill dancing in your path?

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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod