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Called to the Eastern Wall

Eliezer Shulman and Yisroel Besser

Rav Dovid Cohen, rosh yeshivah of Yeshivas Chevron, molds and shapes thousands of talmidim by the force of his Torah and personality. What makes his seforim so widely sought across the globe? Who are the mentors that influenced his trademark blend of creativity and precision? And who positioned the relatively young rosh yeshivah on the eastern wall of the Torah landscape? Students, contemporaries, and admirers paint a picture of one of the brightest lights in Eretz Yisrael’s yeshivah world.

 

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Yael Schuster

Malaria pills? Check. Vaccinations? Check. Empire frozen chickens? Check. Bug spray? Check. Flashlights? Check. Osem onion soup mix? Check.

 

Glass Acts

Libi Astaire

Jeremy Langford is considered to be one of the world’s foremost glass artists. With a career that has spanned three continents and four decades, he’s created stunning projects at some of the Jewish People’s holiest sites. But that’s only served to humble him. “The most important people in history were here,” he says. “And now me?”

 

Our Mehadrin Mentor

Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Ari Greenspan

It’s unusual to develop such a personal relationship with a gadol, yet Rav Shlomo Machpud, one of the great shochtim of the generation and the av beit din of Badatz Yoreh Deah, has been a longtime ally of the irrepressible halachic adventure-seeking duo known to all as “Ari and Ari.” From archaeological excavations to giraffe innards, from soft matzah to gourmet grasshoppers — how did the American-born dentist and professor get the world-renowned Yemenite sage on board for their exploits?

 

His Father’s Son

Yisroel Besser

Rav David Lau, the chief rabbi of Israel, resembles his famous father, dresses like him, and now even holds the same high position. But the challenges he faces are vastly different, and in some ways more daunting than those of Rav Yisrael Meir. In an age when the chief rabbinate must fight for its legitimacy from both corners of the religious spectrum, Rav David says he’s up for the task and energized by the mission.

 

Soul and Heart

Eytan Kobre

Rabbi Mendel Freedman was an accomplished Bais Yaakov principal in suburban Maryland when he received the report that made his blood freeze: He needed a heart transplant. The news galvanized a slew of tests, anxious waiting, and prayers for a new heart he could live by. And after all that, a final test: to see his student through the same harrowing process.

 

Make Them Pay

Shlomi Gil and Rachel Ginsberg

Dr. Alan Bauer’s life was changed forever after a suicide bomber blew himself up nearby, sending screws through his arm and shrapnel through his seven-year-old son’s brain. That Pesach of 2002 was spent in the ICU; but while the wounds never totally heal, this year the Bauers and nine other families will sit down to the Seder knowing justice has prevailed.

 

Tending Greatness

C.B. Gavant

What it’s like to practice medicine…when your patient is the gadol hador?

 

My Son the Genius

Barbara Bensoussan

“Precocious.” “Gifted.” “Top of his class.” It seems that every Jewish parent can lay claim to a “wise son” or two. But parents of true prodigies — the kind who can play a piano backward, analyze the newspaper before their third birthday, or write sci-fi novels when their friends are just making sense of paragraphs — say that the gift of genius can be a bewildering burden.



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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you