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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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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you