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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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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