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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.



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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