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Queens' Gambit: Fifty Years of Rabbi Neuman's Theory

Yisroel Besser

“Give kids a good time and then they’ll learn” has been the proven formula for success for Rabbi Moshe Neuman, long-time educator who has just retired after nearly half a century as the principal of Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens. With the inspiration and confidence of his own rebbi, Rav Yitzchok Hutner, Rabbi Neuman has traversed the gamut of challenges facing Jewish educators. Reflections of a mechanech’s mechanech.

 

When the Mountains Danced: Travels with HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman, shlita

Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman

Three small Jewish communities made headlines just a few weeks ago when Rav Steinman selected them as the chosen destinations for a chizuk mission. In this rare feature, Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman, a member of the trip’s organizing committee, shares some of the conversations, impressions, and lessons he gleaned from his unique vantage point beside the gadol hador, who has made it his personal crusade to share his vision of Torah with nascent and blossoming communities around the world

 

Deep in the Jewish Heart of Texas

Binyamin Rose

Thirty years ago, if someone in Houston wanted a glass of chalav Yisrael milk, he had to drive an hour from town to milk a cow. Today, four large supermarkets vie for the kosher trade of a burgeoning Jewish community of 60,000, including a growing cadre of 400 Torah-observant families. How did Houston’s Jewish community become such a significant presence? And what makes Houston a drawing card today for young yeshivishe families? Mishpacha’s Binyamin Rose spent five days in Houston.

 

Witness to the Revival: A Talk with Reb Itche Duvid Rezmowitz, Gabbai of the Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz

Yisroel Besser

Reb Itche Duvid Rezmowitz saw the Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz with the eyes of a child, of a bochur laying tefillin for the first time. Then, he saw him through the eyes of a frightened teenager, amid fear of death. He saw the Vizhnitzer court crumble and fall, beheld the horrific reality that it was no more. Then those eyes saw the first blossoms of spring, the harbinger of hope and rebirth. From his home in Boro Park, Reb Itche Duvid relives those moments, sharing the sights and scenes of Vizhnitz’s revival

 

The Unmasking of the Red Cross

Debbie Maimon

Founded in 1863 and respected as the world’s foremost humanitarian agency, the International Committee of the Red Cross has won three Nobel Peace Prizes. Its stated policy of neutrality has gained it entry into areas off-limits to all other outsiders. But when it comes to the Holocaust and Israel, neutrality is nowhere in sight.

 

The Computer Challenge: Head in the Sand, or Facts on the Ground?

Rochel Weinstein

As one quote says, “The Internet is like a giant jellyfish. You can’t step on it. You can’t go around it. You’ve got to get through it.“ But, as is true of so much on the Internet, its source is unverified. And therein lies much, but not nearly all, of the problem.



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A Century of Horror — and Hope
Rabbi Moshe Grylak More connected than at first glance
Sundown
Eytan Kobre When Chazal say so, that eclipses all else
Great Expectations
Jacob L. Freedman Not just his personal nachas machine
Vote of Thanks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Dov Ber was using Hashem as an excuse
Today’s Trash
Faigy Peritzman “Guess what I did today!”
Navigating In-Lawing
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurturing this relationship with kindness, consideration...
From Humdrum to Happy
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner The challenge: infusing these days with joy!