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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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