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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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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?”