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The Soul Behind The Soles

Meir Wolfson

He wasn’t a smooth talker and lacked the typical fundraiser’s skill set. But Reb Zalman Ashkenazi, exuded a passion for his cause that donors couldn’t ignore, and built one of the largest chesed empires in this world, raising millions to feed and clothe the poor of Israel in a dignified fashion. Just weeks after the “human turned malach” ascended to the Heavens, we met with family, friends, and donors, to learn what passion fueled the man behind Mesamche Lev.

 

Flight from Libya: No Water, But Lots of Bread

Aharon Granevich-Granot, Zarzis, Tunisia

As hundreds of thousands of Libyan refugees have already fled the mercenary troops of Muammar Gaddafi, the shaky new regimes of Egypt and Tunisia — Libya’s eastern and western neighbors — are facing a refugee crisis they are patently unequipped to handle alone. We entered the thick of this logistical nightmare, meeting refugees in their new “homes” — the square meter of their mattress.

 

Missing In Action

Ruchama Paz

Decades after the mysterious disappearance of Moscow’s Rav Shmaryahu Yehuda Leib Medalia in 1938, his fate still remained a mystery. For the last twenty years, Moscow’s current chief rabbi, Rav Pinchas Goldschmidt, has been digging. Would he succeed in unearthing the mystery? Newly released records about the NKVD and Stalin’s reign of terror provided Rabbi Goldschmidt with some answers — and finally, a measure of closure on a tragic piece of modern history.

 

“What Will You Do with a Name Like Heshy when You Become a Big Rabbi?”

Yisroel Besser

There is something about the weekly dvar Torah from Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb that makes it seem like a personal letter. But labeling Rabbi Weinreb a great writer is to minimize a man who accomplishes so much in so many fields. He is a man of learning and oratory, a pioneer in the world of mental health, an advocate for battered women, a baal tefillah, a diplomat, and — of particular delight to me on this sunny summer morning — a great conversationalist. But it was his pen that drew me to him first.

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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”