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Against the Current

Riki Goldstein

In modern culture, there may be no food as quintessentially Jewish as the bagel-and-lox duo. But those Jews who care about the kashrus of their breakfast might be surprised to learn just how much effort goes into the supervision of the pungent pink fish

 

Soul Food

Ezriel Yudkowsky

The kitchen is his kingdom, but the beis medrash is his focus. For the kitchen director at Yeshivas Chevron, satisfying the bochurim — be it with special menus, personal-sized bags of milk, or extra veggies for the dieters — is part of the larger mission to ensure that bochurim want nothing other than to stay in yeshivah and shteig

 

Perfect Fit

Chaia Frishman

Today business is burgeoning, but David and Pessy Rosenberg’s clothing empire began with a couple of suitcases schlepped along on a Yom Tov visit. After three decades designing and producing clothing to suit the frum community, they’ve got the process down to perfection

 

The Uniform Look

Malkie Lowinger

For the Zelcer family, business revolves around school rules: specifically, the rules dictating that uniform dress code in our girls’ schools. In their flagship Brooklyn store, they speak about plaids and pleats, sweaters and stripes, with a passion that comes from years of dedication to their craft. For this family, uniforms are the furthest thing from boring

 

Shabbos Crown

C. Rosenberg

For chassidim around the world, it’s a non-negotiable part of their Shabbos wardrobe. But ask any experienced shtreimel maker, and you’ll learn that the handcrafted hat with a historic tradition demands an art and craft all its own

 

Long Distance Lessons

Faigy Schonfeld

With virtual classrooms, multiple time zones, and classes of students who only meet in person once a year, it’s a school like no other. The Shluchim Online School harnesses technology so that children of Chabad shluchim can stay home — even if home is a remote backwater lacking basic Jewish infrastructure — and still obtain a rich Torah education

 

Making the Grade

Dovid Sussman

With a computerized phone system, automatic bank transfers, and a team of administrators, you’d think you’d stumbled on a successful business. But this enterprise distributes money instead of collecting it

 

Twenty Seconds of Gratitude

The medium seems modest: a cheerful poster with whimsical illustrations and the text of a brachah most know by heart. But its reach — outside millions of restrooms in households, institutions, and buildings worldwide — has revolutionized our attitude toward a daily activity that might be considered mundane. Who’s behind those ubiquitous “asher yatzar” signs around the globe?

 

Everybody’s Wall

Esther Teichtal

For the multitudes who approach the Kosel each year, the experience is all about connection. People come. Pray. Leave. Perhaps they drop a coin into a beggar’s hand in passing. Most leave feeling uplifted, but not many realize that a vast cadre of people work, quite literally, around the clock to make the holiest site in the world accessible and inspiring to all

 

Master of Ceremonies

Rifka Junger

For the new couple about to embark on the construction of a faithful Jewish home, this night is once in a lifetime. For the staff at the wedding hall, it’s a logistical and diplomatic feat that gets repeated — with the same devotion to details — for every chassan and kallah

 

The Sandwich Generation

Ahava Ehrenpreis

As life expectancy increases, adult children find themselves caught between the demands of young families and aging loved ones. Your compassionate primer to managing in the middle

 

Ageism

Joshua Bains

Ageism means lost professional opportunities, refused credit, medical discrimination, and more. But the effects of how we think about growing old may be far more serious

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At Our Doorstep
Rabbi Moshe Grylak In Israel, intermarriage still has some shock value
The Wrong Conversation
Yonoson Rosenblum How can we reattach Jews to the Jewish story?
Heart on Your Sleeve
Eytan Kobre Being pro-phylactery can be downright prophylactic
The Silver Lining
Alexandra Fleksher Who is brave enough to buck the dangerous trends?
Top 5 Uniquely Jewish Words
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin For some concepts, Yidden have the best words
10 Questions for Avi Kehat
Rachel Bachrach The Chesed Fund, for desperate people who need a fortune
On Speaking Terms
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman He learned firsthand, “What goes around comes around”
Stressed Out
Jacob L. Freedman “We’re going to aggressively help you take care of you”
Mona Knew to Pick a Winner
Riki Goldstein “Shloime, let’s sing this on Motzaei Shabbos”
Four Stanzas You Don’t Just Sing
Riki Goldstein “This is not a niggun that you just sing!” he exclaimed
A Part of Me
Riki Goldstein The fruit of two years’ preparation and collaboration
Worth the Hassle?
Riki Goldstein Travel can be challenging for musicians and bands
Know It All
Faigy Peritzman The wiser I get, the more I realize how little I know
No Time to Breathe
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When we don’t have a minute to spare is when we pause
On Dry Ground
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles Every day we thank Hashem for the miracle of dry land