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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.
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.”
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.
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.