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Speeches of a Lifetime

Nehemiah Horowitz

Whatever you think about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress this week — and the issue has certainly created divisions among the Jewish People — it is beyond dispute that leaders of the past have acted similarly, defying their detractors and even mystifying their supporters.

 

The Sweet Crown of Halachah

Eliezer Shulman

What chiddush can be said about Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, the gadol of Jerusalem who spent his life fleeing from the honor that pursued him nevertheless? In conversation with Mishpacha, his son-in-law Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg shlita shared one answer: “The world stands on Torah, avodah, and gemilus chasadim. If you want to know if someone is a tzaddik who sustains the world, then see if he has these three traits. If he does, then you know he is.”

 

No Agendas: The Halachic Legacy of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach

Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger

A secular observer once noted that whereas most people follow men of power — whether that power is acquired through military prowess, personal wealth, or charisma — Jews have a different standard. They turn to “pious scholars.” Hence, it is not surprising that we are often led by unassuming men, and that these individuals rise to be the most influential and powerful personages in Torah communities. Perhaps the prime example of this phenomenon was Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ztz”l.

 

Impressions: How to describe Rabbi Meir Schuster z”l?

D.B. Estrin

A reticent, unassuming figure who floated through the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City for years with myopic focus and one clear goal, to bring back estranged Jews to the fold? A man whose job description was to engage Jewish students and tourists passing through Jerusalem in a conversation that would change the direction of their lives? A rabbi whose tap on the shoulder offered access to Torah, so the uninformed could make intelligent choices about their Jewish future?



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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”