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Learning and Leading in Queens

Yisroel Besser

“If rabbanim want respect, they should learn and become real talmidei chachamim.” Those words were spoken more than three decades ago, by Rav Noach Isaac Oelbaum, who is celebrating thirty-six years at the helm of the Khal Nachlas Yitzchok shul in Kew Garden Hills. But even as Rav Oelbaum looks back upon a long and distinguished career in rabbanus, his eye is firmly fixed on the present — and, as usual, he has some sage words of advice for a new generation of rabbanim concerning the challenges they face.

 

Under a Canopy of Faith

Sara Miriam Gross

As summer weddings are back in full swing, there is a cadre of rabbis who spend their evenings at simchahs you’d probably never be invited to. Every secular couple who marries in Israel also needs a proper mesader kiddushin, and these Rabbanut-affiliated and kiruv clergy spend their nights at weddings that might look more like nightclubs – to bring even the most distant couples under the canopy k’das Moshe v’Yisrael.

 

Flying High

David Damen, Paris

Aircraft that will be used in another forty years, helicopters without wings and planes without fuel were just some of the aviation innovations exhibited at the international Paris Air Show this summer. But the king of the show was Israel, with its latest military and civilian innovations — racking up contracts with other countries and topping its already bulging seven billion dollar annual exports.

 

Jewish History’s Mystery Man

Rabbi Eliezer Eizikowitz

He appeared one winter day in 1523 in the Jewish ghetto of Venice with a fantastic tale of exotic lands and a lost Jewish kingdom, and grandiose political plans. The historical question marks left in his wake have never been resolved. Was David Reuveni a false mashiach and a conniving rogue, or a genius ahead of his time?

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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 movemen
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?”