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Sparks of Slabodka: An Exclusive Interview with Rav Baruch Mordche Ezrachi

Yisroel Besser

He’s graced with the ability to energize people around him, to electrify audiences with powerful Torah and mussar thoughts. But Rav Boruch Mordche Ezrachi considers employing the methods of Slabodka to fuel a passion for learning in budding talmidei chachamim to be his primary objective in life.

 

Symbolism or Semantics

Leor Jacobi

Eating special foods, simanim, on the eve of Rosh HaShanah is one of the most widely observed and cherished of all Jewish minhagim. Yet for its universal acceptance, much about the simanim remains shrouded in mystery. How do they work? Why do some of the simanim involve wordplay and some not? The answers to these questions and more in this comprehensive look at this ubiquitous custom.

 

Inscribe Me in the Book of Life

Nosson Weiss

In these days preceding the Day of Judgment, Rav Chaim Yisroel Pesach Feinhandler reflects on his own days of judgment and of the Books of Life and Death which he has seen open every day for the past two years. “Thousands of people are walking around healthy, yet He chose me to cope with the nisayon of this disease.”

 

With Me, For Rosh HaShanah

Ahron D. Weiner

For the past six years, internationally acclaimed photographer Ahron D. Weiner has traveled to Uman for Rosh HaShanah to document the ever-increasing numbers of Jews of every affiliation who make their way to Rebbe Nachman’s gravesite. An intimate look at the festivities in an exclusive preview of his upcoming exhibition.

 

Loud and Clear

Aharon Granevich-Granot

A European music professor has drafted his research staff to help him delve into his lifetime passion — unearthing the lost music of prewar synagogues, discovering the buried scores of old-time chazzanim, and reinstating the glory of authentic Jewish cantorial music



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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek