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Bridging Hearts and Minds

Yisroel Besser

His friends from yeshivah days remember two outstanding features: his mastery of Shas, and his patience with weaker bochurim. Titles like Raavad of the Eidah Hachareidis, rosh yeshivah, torchbearer of the Chazon Ish and the Brisker Rav, the generation’s elder posek and prolific author all define Rav Moshe Sternbuch, but that never stopped him from taking up residence in distant corners to teach Torah to faraway Jews.

 

Full Support

Eytan Kobre

Reb Chaim Goldberg was a self-effacing member of Rav Dovid Soloveitchik’s kollel, but he was also Eretz Yisrael’s greatest gabbai tzedakah. He was a champion for society’s forsaken underdogs and an angel of mercy for thousands of impoverished families in every development, town, and forsaken backwater in Israel. A final conversation before his passing.

 

A Couple of Newsmakers

Rachel Ginsberg

Television newscaster Sivan Rahav and radio personality Yedidya Meir are the closest thing the Israeli chareidi world has to a celebrity power couple. For Israelis across the religious spectrum, they represent an island of positivity, ahavas Yisrael, and grounded values in a confused world where religiosity has been hijacked by a sensationalist media.

 

Letter to My Younger Self

Riki Goldstein

Imagine if, just at the start of your life’s journey, you received a letter from someone just like you — but a few decades more accomplished — advising you how best to nurture your inborn gifts, and how to avoid the inevitable pit along the way. In this collection, seven accomplished gentlemen from different corners of the Jewish world and different spheres of achievement pen a letter to their younger selves. What would they have done differently?

 

Simcha in the Senate

Binyamin Rose, New York

As a yeshivah bochur it wasn’t easy to sit still, yet in the past five decades New York State Senator Simcha Felder has learned about taking his energy and spirit of selflessness into public office to help others. Whether it’s going to bat for his Jewish voters or Asian constituents, Felder always keeps his eyes focused on the needs of his district.

 

Believe in Miracles

Yisroel Besser

Yaakov Shwekey has learned that fame and adulation are worthless, and that the accolades are for a gift given him as a means of creating connections that bypass barriers.

 

Bound to their Secrets

Rabbi Moshe Grylak, Belmonte, Portugal

As a child, I always harbored a secret fascination about the descendants of the Anusim. Could there possibly be some isolated communities of crypto-Jews, still clinging to their Jewish identities in secret? Or had the centuries of outside pressure and religious domination slowly eroded their double lives? I thought I’d never find my answer — until I heard the amazing story of Belmonte.

 

On a Silver Platter

Shlomi Gil

When Yitzchak Chaskelson creates a Kiddush cup, he knows he’ll never be able to replicate it. That’s because each of his silver items is handmade, chiseled and embossed from scratch, sometimes taking months, or even years, to complete. In the connoisseurs’ market, he shines — but even his admirers don’t know about the long-ago blessing that revitalized his golden hands.



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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”
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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!”
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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