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En Garde in France

Binyamin Rose, Toulouse, France

Is there a future for the Jews of Europe? While that question may not be new, a more pressing one is arising: How do Europe’s Jews manage their uncertain present?

 

No Compromises

Ruti Kepler

Having lived through destruction and rebuilding, poverty and plenty, war and peace, Reb Aryeh Alter — a scion of Gerrer royalty — is a walking chronicle of modern history and a window into the lives of five Gerrer Rebbes. From the Imrei Emes’s passing on Shavuos 1948 to the leadership of the current Rebbe, Reb Aryeh has always been more than a cousin: he’s been the ultimate chassid.

 

The Seminary Squeeze

Michal Eisikowitz

For nearly three decades, seminary in Eretz Yisrael has been the de facto route for thousands of graduating seniors from across the United States. But as families grow larger and money gets tighter, is the trend beginning to change?

 

Flashes of Greatness

Yisroel Besser

Shuki Lehrer is more than just the chareidi world’s most famous photographer. He’s the creator of an industry, the purveyor of images that travel the world over and back again, bringing succor to the masses. It’s a good thing he doesn’t take “no” for an answer.

 

Fruitful Venture

Refoel Pride

Yaakov Berg didn’t set out to make award-winning wines, but the Moscow native followed his passion with patience and, with a little Divine guidance, created a boutique winery that punches above its weight.

 

We Won’t Let Go

Riki Goldstein

Your zeide was an Oberlander, tenaciously clinging to the old nusach and minhagim his family lived by for generations. But you live among 21st-century Yidden who are neatly grouped into categories of “chassid” or “Litvak.” Why hold on to those unfashionable customs, continuing to daven, dress, and act in the ancient style of a group whose ranks are shrinking?

 

All Roads Lead to Home

Aryeh Ehrlich and Rachel Ginsberg

He was a devout evangelist, a Christian youth leader, a marketing strategist, an editor at Wikipedia, and a teacher of Torah in Ohr Somayach. Listening to Yosef Sherman talk about his new life, it’s hard to believe that just a few years ago he was a lay minister in North Carolina — but why not? He was a chassidish avreich before he even became Jewish.

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