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His words are measured and few, but his authority is immense. Rav Nissim Karelitz — appointed by Rav Shach to the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah over forty-five years ago — still maintains a grueling daily schedule. Mishpacha was granted a rare opportunity to spend two weeks in the presence of the gadol, capturing a glimpse of the Torah giant’s interactions with his family, the beis din, and the Klal.
“Every single chumrah that can possibly exist in industrial matzoh production, I have instituted in my bakery,” Rav Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar once declared. In Williamsburg today, that same bakery is still in operation, and Reb Yoelish’s spirit is evident in the precision and care invested in the 215,000 pounds of matzos it produces. In a rare conversation, the community secretary shares the storied history of the bakery, painting a vibrant portrait of its illustrious founder.
Three months after the revolution that sparked democratic revolts all over the Middle East, Tunisia is struggling with the challenge of creating stable leadership within the reform. But in the bubble of Djerba, life continues as it did for 2,000 years — providing a window into life after the exile following the destruction of the Second Beis HaMikdash. A special report from this magical island paradise.
Perhaps the only thing that we know with certainty about Rav Shimshon Pincus is that no one really knew him. Renowned simultaneously as a master of prayer, a fiery activist, a talented orator, and loving leader, he could not confine himself to any one role. Ten years after his shocking passing, his son Eliyahu Pincus describes the man whose prayers were so powerful that “Hashem had to take him suddenly, without allowing him a chance to ask for more time.”
Perhaps no city in the world has such a colorful variety of street names as Jerusalem, and that is no wonder, considering the array of people who have lived in, revered, dreamed of, written and sung about, struggled, and battled over the ancient capital of the Land of Israel. Rabbi Berel Wein, who made aliyah to Jerusalem nearly fifteen years ago, takes us on a tour of Holy City and talks about the history behind the street signs.
A diary that has survived for nearly a century leaves a grandfather’s legacy of Pesachs past – through times of peace, a world war, and brutal prison camps.
You don’t have to be a great storyteller to tell a great story. A comforting thought for fathers who are nervous about their own obligation to tell the “story of all stories” on Seder night. Can even the most tongue-tied Tatty give due honor to the story of the Exodus? Revelations and insights from some of today’s best-known storytellers.
As an emerging star in Yeshivah Hevron, he was known as “Machlouf Leib” — the rare individual who could bridge the Sephardic and Lithuanian yeshivah worlds. Later, Aryeh Deri proved his talents, galvanizing the disillusioned Sephardic masses, reigniting their pride and power with a political party they could call their own. They saw him as their leader — and later, as the victim who paid the price for their victory. Now Aryeh Deri retells the story in his own words.