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The Wandering Haggadah

Libi Astaire

Just as Jews have wandered from country to country during our long exile, so too has the Haggadah traveled over mountains and across seas. But while almost every vintage Haggadah has a story of exile and escape, some are more incredible than others — such as the stories of these four Haggados, which are still making headlines.

 

Mother Russia's Yeshivah Boys

Aharon Rubin

While the Communist forefathers would have been happy to see Judaism wiped out, Stalin’s Soviet inheritors actually agreed to open a yeshivah just a short walk from Red Square. Under the acute surveillance of the secret police, the yeshivah didn’t attract many students, but one rabbi in Tel Aviv still bears the torch of its short-lived and virtually unknown legacy — and shares what it was like to be a KGB informant in the beis medrash.

 

Shared Adventures, Same Direction

Barbara Bensoussan

You’ve changed your life around, transformed your inner self, and have embarked on the road to a mainstream Torah life. But who will understand you on the other side of the divide? Will those who have been religious all their lives even begin to relate? A community shul in Los Angeles carries baalei teshuvah to the next level, while keeping them on familiar territory.

 

Finally Free

Esther Teichtal

In every generation, a Jew is commanded to envision himself as if he went out of his own exile. It could be exile of the spirit, or the more gruesome exile of the body. What does the instant of liberation feel like? Tenacious Holocaust survivors relive their moment of freedom.



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Marriage Prep is a Teaching Moment
Yonoson Rosenblum Show young, searching Jews that Torah works
Elephant in the Room
Eytan Kobre Welcome to the Monkey House
No Hitting
Jacob L. Freedman “Torah doesn’t stand for that kind of behavior”
The Must Vs. The Should
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Performing G-d’s mitzvos transcends personal feelings
Tongue in Check
Faigy Peritzman There’s no substitute for positive reinforcement
Debugging the Dynamic
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Positive change starts with the spouse who’s smart
Social Savvy Vs. My Kids’ Shidduchim
Sara Eisemann As parents, we have the obligation to contain ourselves