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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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At Our Doorstep
Rabbi Moshe Grylak In Israel, intermarriage still has some shock value
The Wrong Conversation
Yonoson Rosenblum How can we reattach Jews to the Jewish story?
Heart on Your Sleeve
Eytan Kobre Being pro-phylactery can be downright prophylactic
The Silver Lining
Alexandra Fleksher Who is brave enough to buck the dangerous trends?
Top 5 Uniquely Jewish Words
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin For some concepts, Yidden have the best words
10 Questions for Avi Kehat
Rachel Bachrach The Chesed Fund, for desperate people who need a fortune
On Speaking Terms
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman He learned firsthand, “What goes around comes around”
Stressed Out
Jacob L. Freedman “We’re going to aggressively help you take care of you”
Mona Knew to Pick a Winner
Riki Goldstein “Shloime, let’s sing this on Motzaei Shabbos”
Four Stanzas You Don’t Just Sing
Riki Goldstein “This is not a niggun that you just sing!” he exclaimed
A Part of Me
Riki Goldstein The fruit of two years’ preparation and collaboration
Worth the Hassle?
Riki Goldstein Travel can be challenging for musicians and bands
Know It All
Faigy Peritzman The wiser I get, the more I realize how little I know
No Time to Breathe
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When we don’t have a minute to spare is when we pause
On Dry Ground
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles Every day we thank Hashem for the miracle of dry land