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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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Do You Know Where You’re Going?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak If Mrs. Esterhazy hadn’t gotten sick
Birthright Drops Reform
Yonoson Rosenblum The numbers tell the sad story
With Fresh Eyes
Eytan Kobre Members of an ever-tying people
Gift-Giving Guide
Yisroel Besser There’s a skill to giving a teacher a gift
Time for a Career Change
Jacob L. Freedman “How can a bochur even afford to smoke?”
Today I Am a (Learned? Committed?) Jewish Man
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are bar mitzvah celebrations good for the Jews?
Major in Mothering
Faigy Peritzman “How do you picture marriage? Discussing quantum theory?...
When Parents Disagree
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Connecting heart-to-heart when you don’t see eye-to-eye
En Route: Food for Thought
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The bread we eat today also comes from heaven
The Twins: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “Bead,” she says again, with a little smirk
Dear Acquaintance
Your Possible Friend at the Clinic Why do you make it harder for me — and for you?