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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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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movemen
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
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?”