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Rabbi Behind Bars

Rachel Ginsberg

Karate champion, Talmudic scholar, prolific author, and prison chaplain are just some of Rabbi Fishel Jacobs’ qualifications. Whether it’s breaking 15 inches of solid brick with his hand, or sitting on the bunk bed of a murderer talking about repentance, Rabbi Jacobs sticks to his motto: “When you run out of places to find strength, look deeper within yourself.”

 

The Rosh Yeshivah’s Mandate

Yisroel Besser

As a youngster, Rav Henach Cohen thought he’d found his calling teaching Torah in Los Angeles. Then a phone call from Rav Aharon Kotler changed his life, and positioned him as one of the primary figures aiding the Lakewood Rosh Yeshivah in his passion of developing the Chinuch Atzmai system to a vibrant, burgeoning educational network. In honor of Rav Aharon’s yahrtzeit, he shares his memories of the challenges and triumphs along the way.

 

Black and White

Aryeh Ehrlich

Although most Meah Shearim residents are camera-shy — holding their hands up to their faces when interlopers invade their privacy with the camera lens — Reuters photographer Gil Cohen-Magen has softened their hearts and gained access to their daily lives. The walls of Meah Shearim are high, yet for the last ten years, Gil has been let into the inner sanctums of some of the most insulated chassidic courts, creating a pictorial of life most Israelis can only speculate about

 

Do or Die for Obamacare?

Shimmy Blum

That’s up to the US Supreme Court to decide. Twenty-five states have already claimed that it is a coercive exercise of federal power and an untenable financial burden on them. Agreeing that a constitutional issue is at stake, Obamacare will finally have its date in the US Supreme Court in March. Depending how far the court goes with its ruling, the outcome may have a lasting impact on the nation’s healthcare system, the limits of power of the federal government, as well as Obama’s chances for reelection



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Atonement — Fake and Real
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And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
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Tali Messing
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Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
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Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
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Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
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Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you