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Hurricane Irene: 72 Hours in the Eye of the Storm

Mishpacha Staff

Mere hours after bentching Rosh Chodesh Elul in shul on Shabbos morning, I took a glance out my home window. In front of my eyes, the trees were shaking ferociously as Hurricane Irene barreled mercilessly towards the New York/New Jersey region. It didn’t take long for the symbolism to sink in. Throughout the generations, yidden would say that when Chodesh Elul –the period of teshuvah and Heavenly judgment- approaches, “afilu di bletlach tzitteren,” even the leaves quake.

 

Going for the Gold

Barbara Bensoussan

National attention was drawn to Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island this summer, when it won the honor of having its student-designed, zero-gravity experiment loaded onto NASA’S final Atlantis space shuttle flight. But is by no means the only yeshivah to distinguish itself by winning a science competition. As US educators wring their hands over the country’s declining math and science scores, many yeshivah students are applying their Torah-sharpened seichel to the challenges of science contests.

 

A Shul for All Seasons in Fallsburg

Yisroel Besser

The vacationers have gone home and are already settling into their normal routine. But for Harold Gold, the Catskills town of Fallsburg has been home all year long — for close to nine decades. While generations have come and gone, Gold is one of the remaining heroes of a bygone era in the Borsht Belt, holding down the shul… and the memories.

 

Under The Weather

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, volcanoes, droughts, earthquakes – are these devastating modern weather phenomena some apocalyptic anomaly, or have these weird weather patterns been around as long as time?

 

A City of Great Expectations

Binyamin Rose

Bnei Brak has always been known for its lofty achievements in the Torah world. While religiously guarding that reputation, municipal officials are now setting their sights on making sure the city also has an enduring economic future. And at half the price of neighboring Tel Aviv, yeshivah-studded Bnei Brak has become a new business frontier.

 

Cache of the Day: Elul

Sima Freidel Steinbaum



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