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Simple Majesty in Pshevorsk

Aryeh Ehrlich, Antwerp

Antwerp’s beloved rebbe has no institutions of his own, puts no emphasis on numbers, and hasn’t refurbished his beis medrash in years. Yet what’s the secret of Rebbe Leibish of Pshevorsk, that attracts everyone from fiery talmidei chachamim to those shattered in spirit?

 

Free Spirit

Yisroel Besser

What has Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin been doing in prison for the last 1,400 days (with another 23 years to go)? How could it be that his eyes are brighter than ever, his emunah stronger than a rock? When there’s nothing outside, he says, you have to reach deep inward — and discover tools most people are fortunate not to have to use.

 

Suddenly Jewish

Binyamin Rose, Budapest

Articulate, ambitious, and xenophobic, Csanad Szegedi was the embodiment of Hungarian Jewry’s worst fears. The far-right politician was fast gaining a following for his fiercely nationalistic views and frightening displays of anti-Jewish and anti-minority sentiment. Then a shocking discovery forced Budapest’s Jewish community into a stormy moral dilemma — and compelled Szegedi to confront the anti-Semitic demons revisiting modern Europe, along with his own shadowy past.

 

At Rav Steinman’s Side

Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz

For two decades, Rav Moshe Yehudah Schneider has been sitting at the side of the gadol hador, Rav Aharon Leib Steinman shlita, quietly transcribing every word the Rosh Yeshivah says, later publishing the material in kuntresim that are sold at cost price to the public. With the release of a new translation of the Rosh Yeshivah’s insights entitled Leading with Love, Rav Schneider shares his first-person access to the gadol who has made Klal Yisrael’s concerns his own.

 

The Tzedakah Trail

Mishpacha Staff

When that man knocks on your door asking for tzedakah, he’s at the tail end of a long trail. And there’s a whole lineup of people who’ve played roles behind the scenes to get him to your doorstep. Who are these little-known players along the tzedakah trail, and what role do they play in the odyssey of risk, shame, loneliness, and neediness that today’s collector knows so well?

 

Playing by his Own Rules

Barbara Bensoussan

Howard Jonas earned his first million dollars by the time he was 18 and later built IDT into a telecom powerhouse. Today he’s applying his initiative and creativity to a project that has the potential to transform the Jewish state.

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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?”