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The Untold Stories

Aryeh Ehrlich

For close to a century, Rav Aharon Leib Steinman’s personal life remained a closed book, even to his family. But a new openness has uncapped a font of memories and chronicles about the quiet gadol whose Torah mastery and keen understanding of human nature wield global influence far beyond his famously bare Bnei Brak apartment.

 

One Man’s Meat

Shimon Breitkopf, Mexico City

Chaim Kurson was just a teenager when he realized the shechitah industry in Mexico was in shambles. Would his idealism and determination be enough to turn this Central American country into a hub of mehadrin kashrus? With hard work, adherence to gedolim and a large dose of siyata d’Shmaya, he — together with his rebbi Rav Shlomo Machpoud — managed to create a kosher empire.

 

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Sara Glaz

We asked financial advisors to guide our readers on best investing practices at three stages of life: just married, in your 30s with a few kids, and readying for retirement. The approaches might be different, but all agreed that good planning couldn’t be more important.

 

Map Quest

Barbara Bensoussan

Can you answer the shadchan’s question of “What are you looking for?” If you’ve never addressed the more basic query of: “Who are you?” Rabbi Doniel Frank wants to give you a compass to help you figure out where you’re going and how to get there.

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