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Portraits of Prayer

Eliezer Hayoun

With a keen eye, a listening ear, and a ready camera, a team set out to capture the enduring images and untold stories of notable shuls throughout the Holy Land

 

In Every Dimension

Libi Astaire

Just as our prayers express every emotion of the human experience, our shuls run the gamut of creative construction. These shuls of record still stand out

 

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Mishpacha Contributors

Receptacles of tears and prayer, our shuls are so much more than physical structures. Perhaps that’s why so many Jews keep fighting nature, ennui, or city hall to preserve their shuls

 

From the Pulpit

Rachel Bachrach

What are people really looking for in a rabbi?

 

Pillar of Support

C. B. Lieber

A rebbetzin’s role isn’t the same as a rabbi’s because...

 

Shul of My Youth

Mishpacha Contributors

There’s something about the word “sanctuary” that feels elevated, removed. But take a look at this supplement celebrating our shuls, and that’s not what you’ll see…

 

Make Your Voices Heard

Ezriel Yudkowsky

Could the Jewish State really brand yeshivah students as criminals, for the “offense” of staying at their shtenders? When a virulent Knesset coalition threatened to change the draft law protecting yeshivah students, Yossi Deitsch was tasked with arranging the largest chareidi demonstration of the decade

 

Pulling the Strings

Faigy Schonfeld

If you’re sitting in an audience with hundreds or thousands of frum Jews at a musical event to benefit a non-profit, you’re probably drinking in the logistical magic of Eli Gerstner — a popular composer who found a surprise career as producer of some of frum Jewry’s largest-scale shows

 

Hot Soup, Warm Spirit

Aryeh Ehrlich

Once an abandoned Polish gravesite, the resting place of Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk is now a magnet for tens of thousands of supplicants. Back when Rav Simcha Krakowsky decided to warm the chilly nights with some hot soup, he never could have dreamed how big his hachnassas orchim venture would grow

 

All Fired Up

C. Rosenberg

Thousands of chassidim wait for the twin bursts of flame and song every Lag B’omer in Monroe. Few can imagine the logistical campaign that’s been conducted throughout the year to ensure that the legacy of Rabi Shimon bar Yochai resonates spiritedly — and safely — into the dark night

 

Make Them Sing

Yisroel Besser

He doesn’t hold a mike or play any instrument — but the young man with the baton in hand is leaving a powerful stamp on a new wave of Jewish music. How did this scion of the yeshivah world master the intricacies of musical arrangement, and how does he keep his sense of proportion when the world’s an ever-grander stage?

 

He’s Got the Ticket

C. Rosenberg

A tentative effort by one well-connected Brooklynite helped Boro Park’s Jews keep Shabbos without their usual parking tickets. It also marked him as an effective liaison between city officials and the Torah-observant community. Fifty years later, Rabbi Edgar Gluck is still the prime address

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Har Sinai on the Gaza Fence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Who would ever believe I’d be holding a sefer Torah?”
In Budapest, a Thirst for Torah
Yonoson Rosenblum “This is a matter of saving an entire tzibbur”
Torah Consumer’s Alert
Eytan Kobre To learn Torah — but just as surely, to learn from it
Relive Matan Torah Every Single Day
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Incredible zechusim we can generate through resolutions
5 out of 10: Top 5 Seforim Intros Celebrating Torah
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin What are you going to learn on Shavuos night?
Right-Hand Man
Jacob L. Freedman “Goodbye, Dr. Freedman, I’ve got a whole world to save”
The Good News about Obituaries
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman To write our own epitaphs while we can still write
Endnote: The Song That Still Plays for You
Riki Goldstein What’s that tune that, when you hear it, brings you back...
A Golden Opportunity
Faigy Peritzman What did Rus have that Orpah lacked?
Say It with Cheesecake
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A positive learning experience creates lessons that stic...
Say Yes to Kindness
Miriam Kosman With her, Rus brought the key to humanity’s redemption
A Soaring Spirit
Chana Ungar To Marcie a”h, life meant doing what G-d expected of her