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The Greatest Thing since Sliced Bread

Chany Rosengarten

While you were busy peeling off your foil, dedicated crews of bakers and deliverymen were making sure you had fresh chometz the next morning. Something about Pesach makes people — who could go days without washing for bread — willing to stand in a line snaking around the block for that first fresh loaf.

 

“You Can’t Build Up If You’re Looking Down”

Shimmy Blum

Rav Yisroel Belsky — rosh yeshivah, posek, mechanech, shochet, sofer, mohel — has influenced decades of talmidim and brought yeshivah education to new levels since the early days of Torah Vodaath, when many of his classmates stopped keeping Shabbos after leaving for high school. Rav Belsky’s motto throughout the turbulence of the last half-century: “The worst thing to do is to look down at the world; every generation has its own challenges.”

 

Raiders of the Lost Art

Libi Astaire

To its owner, a stolen painting may be a million-dollar investment or perhaps a precious heirloom, a part of family history that is now lost. To an art thief it’s just another commodity, something to be traded, ransomed, or sold. But to Christopher Marinello, head of the Art Loss Register, that stolen work represents both a challenge and a mission.

 

Go to Jail

Rachel Ginsberg

Twelve years ago this month, Yaakov Friedland was an active market trader, but all that changed when he was caught in the web of an insider trading cleanup and wound up spending three years in federal prison. Every year at the end of the Month of Freedom, Yaakov celebrates his own “Exodus” from prison to liberty. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t relive the black hole of three years he spent behind bars, and that’s why he willingly shares his story.



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Seventy Years
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “The sword from without, and machlokes from within”
Helping Our Kids Find Their Mission
Yonoson Rosenblum The best home protection against the “foreign winds”
Meeting for Minchah
Eytan Kobre “A Ten-Minute Appointment for a Five-Minute Encounter”
Top 5 Jewish Grammar Mistakes
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Seeing the errors of our grammatical ways
The Missing Alef
Alef is not simply another letter in the Hebrew alphabet
What Are You Grateful For?
Jacob L. Freedman “I guess all we can do is to be grateful”
A Simple Offering
Faigy Peritzman Our obligations are measured according to our abilities
Building a Better Brain
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Make your home an emotionally safe place to be real
The Cyclist: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Rachel has advanced from “flustered” to “determined”
Wholly Holy
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Realize who you are and how you can impact this world