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Born in the Mixer Bowl

Malky Lowinger

For fresh and fragrant challah or heavenly cinnamon babka, generations of Monsey residents knew they could always find a slice of Gan Eden in the Frank family’s bakery. What they may not have realized is that when the streets grew dark and the storefront closed, family members ranging from grandparents to newborns would spend hours preparing the confections that so delighted their customers — and kept them coming back for more

 

Men of Many Hats

Yisroel Besser

His relatives in Germany were sure he’d ruin his family by moving to the Holy Land, but Avraham Yosef Ferster’s little hat shop in Jerusalem proved them wrong. Even as the new, casual breed of secular Israelis discarded their hats, the Ferster line blossomed along with the burgeoning yeshivah and chassidic world. Two generations later, the family business is still providing that crowning touch for Torah scholars and shy teenagers alike.

 

A Breed Apart

Margie Pensak

They spend the bulk of their waking hours on the family cattle farms in Pennsylvania, but the Gutmans would never consider living outside an established Torah hub — a lesson in priorities as deeply ingrained as the family's multi-generational affinity for cattle dealing. Four generations after Max Gutman first found a foothold in York County, his Jewish values and uncompromising convictions still drive the family business

 

The Customer Comes First

Yermi Marlow

With three branches, tens of thousands of products, and a robust clientele, who would believe that Kay’s Supermarket was once a small, struggling deli? Almost five decades after proprietor Avigdor Langberg took the helm, the iconic London establishment has morphed into a thriving modern supermarket. And yes, it still offers that old-time herring — along with a trademark personal touch

 

Meating Point

Riki Goldstein

They arrived in the Holy Land destitute but confident in their butchery skills, and swiftly gained the trust and loyalty of Jerusalem’s residents. Decades later, the Hackers have exchanged their iceboxes and bicycles for modern freezers and delivery trucks — but their butcher shop is still the city’s prime address for Shabbos and Yom Tov fare

 

Coat of Arms

Miriam Hammer

A desperate partisan on the run from the Nazis. A workshop humming with some of the world’s most talented furriers. Overnight orders from Russian tourists in search of the perfect coat. An audience with the Vatican. A welcoming Shabbos table that satiates body and soul. They’re all part of the Liska story — three generations that take pride in their “coats with a soul”

 

Catch of the Day

Ahava Ehrenpreis

Though the storefront hasn’t changed in more than 50 years, the Raskins’ business has evolved into a massive enterprise with a sophisticated production facility, overseas product runs, and customers literally across the globe

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Never Too Late
Yonoson Rosenblum Shouldn’t Torah Jews be smarter than this?
Credit Where Due
Eytan Kobre The value of “prudence, principle, and public health”
Dead or Alive?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Do we content ourselves with superficiality?
Acceptance Speech
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “I just wish people would have accepted me”
Looks Can Deceive
Faigy Peritzman Don’t be fooled by appearances — your own or others’
Taxed to the Limit
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Times of crisis call for special doses of self-care
The Codebreakers, Part II
D. Himy & Zivia Reischer Even English is Chinese to Tully
Being “Realistic”
Sara Eisemann Are her expectations in shidduchim realistic?
Dear Former Teachers
Words Unspoken We learned the hard way what you didn’t teach us