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On The Road With A Guitar And A Shtreimel

Rachel Ginsberg

Like the famous picture of the chassidim flying off to the heavens in a rickety wagon, the Traveling Chassidim regularly pack up their families for Shabbos, heading off to outlying communities to share inspiration, joy, and the spirit of an authentic chassidic Shabbos. Through music, dancing, and Carlebach-inspired davening, this group of young Belzer chassidim from Monsey not only touch the hearts of those “coming along,” but also reevaluate their personal Shabbos experiences.

 

Smuggler Without Borders

Libi Astaire

In 1947, the Haganah gave him the mission of a lifetime: help the Holocaust survivors stranded on the Exodus. Professor Meier Schwarz, scientist, historian, and former Haganah member, was no stranger to secret operations. Already an orphan when he fled from Germany to Eretz Yisrael at age thirteen, he helped smuggle thousands of refugees into the Holy Land, learning his lesson early on: how to be self-reliant and how to place duty before emotions.

 

No Yiddish Spoken Here

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

Most Jews of the Western world consider Yiddish to be the Jewish language. But for centuries, their cousins in Arab lands spoke Judeo-Arabic, a rich collection of dialects that synthesized the local Arabic with Hebrew and Aramaic. Today, these evocative dialects, although in decline, are still alive and sounded by Jews across the globe in shiurim, song, and even on the radio. Judeo-Arabic enthusiasts share their takes on this uniquely Jewish language.

 

Hey Big Spenders

Binyamin Rose

President Obama’s 2012 budget introduced last week in Congress may be most notable for the $1.6-trillion-dollar deficit it is expected to leave in its wake. But Obama’s in good company. This will be the fourth consecutive year in which the deficit will exceed $1 trillion — and for the foreseeable future, it is far from the last.

 

“We’ve Never Parted”

Aryeh Ehrlich

Ido Ehrlich was a young soldier searching for Hashem when he first entered the home of the Yerushalmi tzaddik, Rav Moshe Weber, ztz”l — the man who was to change his life forever. Today, as Rav Moshe Weber’s yahrtzeit approaches on 18 Adar, Rabbi Ido Ehrlich-Weber reveals the story of their unusual relationship and his own search, and how a father and son can be so much more than blood relations.



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