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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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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
Words Unspoken I could say, “Welcome to real life, honey!” as I notice ...