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Learn Well, Be Proud: The Dirshu Revolution

Yisroel Besser

Few organizations have had as much impact on so many lives as Dirshu, whose Torah learning programs have inspired and empowered thousands of Yidden from Americato Australiato Eretz Yisrael. Yet the idea behind Dirshu started with just one man, Rav Dovid Hofstedter, who 15 years ago saw a need for a framework for serious Torah learning for balabatim — and when he couldn’t find it, decided to create one himself.

 

All Night Through

Michal Eisikowitz

Armed with coffee and an afternoon nap, some people are still burning the midnight oil long after Shavuos. If you can’t stay up all night, you should not be a badchan, work in the E.R., be a bakery mashgiach, or control overseas flights. But for those who defy their nocturnal rhythms, life is still light on the dark side.

 

Maharal’s Real Magic

Shmuel Yosef Levy

When a young orphan named Yehoshua Hartman decided to honor his father’s memory by meeting Rav Yitzchak Hutner, he never dreamed that the encounter would develop into a flourishing, beloved rebbi-talmid relationship, or that it would be a catalyst for Rav Hartman’s own major contribution to the universe of Torah scholarship. Rav Hutner introduced the young avreich to the Maharal of Prague, and Rav Hartman has reacquainted the world with a giant larger than any golem.

 

WHAT’S TO EAT? Part Two

Eytan Kobre

What’s really going on in the kashrus industry of 2013? Five of North America’s top kashrus experts continue chewing over the complexities of an industry we all need but little understand. In Part Two, our panelists examine issues relevant to kosher stores and eateries; the lessons learned from recent scandals; the necessity of an on-site mashgiach; how to make sure the system doesn’t break down; and the role every consumer plays in making sure the food on your table is really up to standard.



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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”