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End of an Era

Yisroel Besser

He was as unpretentious as they come, but the Torah of Rav Rafael Shmuelevitz was precise and exact — his mind filled with neat files of each sugya and thousands of subcategories. Yet that didn’t stop him from taking down the garbage or answering yungeleit while standing on the crowded, noisy bus ride to Mir. And even when his body was ravaged by ALS, he remained steady, present, real, and enduring — a prince of the postwar Torah world.

 

Mr. Get It Done

Barbara Bensoussan

He founded Camp Sternberg. He dealt with teens-at-risk years before it became a term. He was a cloak-and-dagger negotiator who freed political prisoners. From the jungles of Mozambique to the corridors of the White House, Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald lived in dozens of spheres and presided over hundreds of causes. Who could believe he’d leave this world so suddenly?

 

Search Engines

Aryeh Werth

When a loved one goes missing and every minute counts, these sophisticated volunteer rescue squads don’t waste any time mobilizing the community. While we hear about the critical cases — some of which end in heartbreak — these homegrown search-team heroes face the challenges, the tragedy, and the triumphs hundreds of times every year.



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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without