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Torah of a Niggun

Aryeh Ehrlich

It’s a chassidus best known for its stirring melodies, but those tunes were the souls of the rebbes who wrote them. Today’s Modzhitzer Rebbe, Rav Chaim Shaul Taub, is the next link, leading his flock for the past decade with a combination of his Ponevezh-trained, brilliant analytical mind together with the heart of a Modzhitz niggun.

 

Reb Yosef’s Songs of Ascent

Eytan Kobre

First he was headed for professional soccer, then he was a rising secular music star. But Hashem had other plans for Yosef Karduner, today’s sweet singer of Breslov. From his enchanting “Shir Lamaalot” to scores of other heart-tugging and dance-inducing melodies on 11 albums over these past two decades, Reb Yosef’s music is an expression of his journey to get in touch with his own neshamah and stir those of his fellow Jews.

 

Still On Fire

Margie Pensak

They found their calling more than half a century ago, and despite the usual life challenges of the intervening years, they’re still at it when most are long retired. A school secretary in Baltimore, a mechaneches in Manchester, a dairy manager in Antwerp, a hospital administrator in Brooklyn, and a longtime chazzan in Manhattan are just a sampling of those energetic people who never lost their enthusiasm for and dedication to a job they probably never imagined would endure for over five decades.

 

Open to the Opportunity

Yisroel Besser

Meny Hoffman knows a good idea when he sees one. He sold printing services online when no one thought it would fly, quickly branching out his Ptex business into call centers and marketing. Now he’s onto something completely different, encouraging Yidden to follow their business dreams, one seminar at a time.

 

Come Light the Menorah

Ahava Ehrenpreis

In the basement of a Brooklyn home, a well-known physician has put his artistic talents and engineering prowess to holy use. Every year he creates another five-foot tall menorah, sometimes out of plumbing fixtures, sometimes out of wood scraps, but always with an original theme and a beauty that endures far longer than eight days.

 

Let My Children Play

Malky Lowinger

Mentshies with tzitzis and shtreimels. A mini chassan and kallah with the entire wedding party. A Chanukah menorah Lego set. This is just a sampling of the newest trend in the Jewish toy market, where — despite higher costs and skepticism about quality — heimishe versions of mainstream classics are becoming more popular than ever.



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Blame It on Amnesia
Rabbi Moshe Grylak He has no past, and therefore no future
Jogging the Memory
Yonoson Rosenblum Summoning up the past is not always so easy
Endless Summer
Eytan Kobre Time is the implacable foe of us all
Three Orphans and Two Afikomens
Dr. Meir Wikler Here is how children spell the word “love”: t-i-m-e
All for a Good Cause: The Conversation Continues
Mishpacha Contributors Readers weigh in on “All for a Good Cause”
No Question Too Small, No Problem Too Big
Eliezer Shulman In tribute to Rav Sraya Deblitzky ztz”l
Under the Chuppah
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Of course, I never mentioned my dream to anyone
It's Not My Wife
Jacob L. Freedman Anxiety was present in the room, but not in the patient
One Day, the Nations Will Know
Riki Goldstein The Skulener Rebbe’s message was hidden in the song
Far-Reaching Consequences
Faigy Peritzman The impression each action makes is never erased
Frustration Tolerance
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Keep calm when dealing with someone who can’t
Mistakes and Mysteries
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Tears are the avodah of Tishah B’Av
The Detective: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer I thought he was misbehaving; he was suffering
Dear Neighbor
Anonymous Stop to ask yourself if they’re heartless or heartbroken