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Be Simple, Be Great

Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz

His wit and warm smile are disarming — aren’t bona fide baalei mussar supposed to be harsh, stoic, demanding? Growing up on the streets of Tel Aviv, yet finding spiritual refuge in the halls of Slabodka and Ponevezh, elder mashgiach Rav Dov Yaffe has a piercing understanding of our inner struggles, yet knows we’ll be happiest when we let ourselves harness our ability to grow.

 

Bringing Honor to the Court

Binyamin Rose, Bangor, Maine

When attorney Louis Kornreich’s name came up for appointment as a federal bankruptcy judge, one colleague praised him for a rare combination of “ethical sensitivity” and “moral tenderness.” Judge Kornreich distinguished himself with his yarmulke while presiding on the bench, and for keeping a historic Orthodox community viable in Bangor, Maine

 

The Day After

Tzippy Yarom

For most of us, the shemittah year will fast become a memory once Rosh Hashanah is over. But for the farmers of Eretz Yisrael, the post-shemittah cleanup is going to keep them busy — and digging deep into their reservoirs of emunah — for many months to come.

 

Shaky at the Top

Michal Frischman

They’re the most powerful people in the world, but they live in ongoing fear for their lives, constantly monitoring the atmosphere around them to see if a revolution or unrest is brewing. While they help steer the direction of political systems around the globe, they can’t even walk outside their own homes without coordinating myriad security details. Because no matter how powerful or benevolent a flesh and blood ruler is, an earthly king can never be the King of Kings.



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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek