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Master of All Holy Trades

Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz

The once complimentary phrase, “He’s a jack-of-all-trades,” is now often turned into a paraprosdokian gibe with the addition of: “but a master of none.” There are people who become good at many different things, but don’t excel in any of them. And then there was Rav Chaim Yisroel HaLevi Belsky ztz”l, who learned every field of klei kodesh — and beyond — and mastered them all.

 

Built to Last

Barbara Bensoussan

How to keep students whose strengths lie outside academics motivated within the framework of yeshivah life? How to make sure bochurim who don‘t excel at memorizing and sitting for hours still succeed instead of muddling through? That was Rabbi Yaakov Bender’s question, and the vocational track his school created is one answer.

 

Back to the Drawing Board

Shlomi Gil

Yaakov Kimchi’s Jewish art hangs on the walls of homes in Israel and around the world, and his illustrated seforim have become favorites among cheder boys and bochurim alike. Yet three decades ago he was an arch-secularist who’d never seen the inside of a beis medrash or a page of Gemara — until his creative mind knew it could no longer deny the stirrings of his estranged soul.



 
What Are We Supposed to Do?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A tried-and-true remedy — and it shook the heavens
Badgered into Submission
Yonoson Rosenblum Avatars of political correctness in search of dissenters
Drinking Doubt Away
Eytan Kobre Meaning is indispensable for generating happiness
My Tale of Two Mentors
Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen I wish them both continued nachas and success until 120
Checks and Balances III
Mishpacha Readers The conversation continues...
Memorable Melodies of Modzhitz
Rabbi Mordechai Besser The struggling survivors became kings in shul on Shabbos
A Whole Song and Dance
Rabbi Ron Yitzchak Eisenman One of those small acts that are giant leaps of chesed
Diamonds
Jacob L. Freedman MD "Each Jewish woman is a bas Melech, Dr. Freedman!"
Streamlined Service
Riki Goldstein "JewishMusic Stream is still about classic kosher music”
Perfect Harmony
Riki Goldstein "The arrangements literally changed the entire song"
Hang On to the Glow
Riki Goldstein Back to the warm camp Shabbos memories
Marking Miracles
Faigy Peritzman The miracles are there, but our eyes are blind to them
Going Against the Current
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Wise to deny our kids something all their friends have?
Clothed in Splendor
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz When dressing up is spiritual, not superficial
The Spokesman: Part IV
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Every sentence tells a story; make yours well told