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Ira Zlotowitz’s first career move as a kid involved a wheelbarrow and a garbage collection route in the bungalow colony. Today, as a financial wizard whose brokerage firm closed nearly $3 billion in deals last year, he integrates the lessons learned in a family of Torah and chesed into his life as a mortgage mogul.
When Rabbi Yitzchok Loewenthal arrived at Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue on Motzaei Shabbos to give a mazel tov at the Bentow family bas mitzvah, he felt safe seeing Daniel Uzan in his customary position, manning the security gate. Despite his personal sense of wellbeing, Rabbi Loewenthal tells Mishpacha he had a premonition about Uzan. “I said to Dan, ‘Why are you standing outside? The police are there.’ He told me he wanted to see the passersby and check out the passing cars.”
In a dusty Jordanian town on the other side of the Dead Sea, Safi al-Kasasbeh, the bereaved father of the pilot burned to death by ISIS henchmen, won’t rest until his country settles the score. As hundreds converge on the house of mourning during the 40-day honor period, we join the crowd, our heads wrapped in kaffiyehs, and listen to the locals call for blood).
Rav Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi, the venerated rav of Kfar Chabad, always had an underlying fear that his time would be up once his family was settled. His prediction wasn’t long in coming — on the way to the cemetery for his own father’s yahrtzeit, he suffered a fatal heart attack. A week after his shloshim, thousands are still grieving over the loss of his fearless leadership and Torah genius.
The Sabbatical year is tough on farmers and can be confusing for consumers, but shemittah-observant gardeners, a largely unheralded group, also struggle through the year. Yet despite financial loss and at-best sporadic employment, these landscapers are unearthing their own wellsprings.