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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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Do You Know Where You’re Going?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak If Mrs. Esterhazy hadn’t gotten sick
Birthright Drops Reform
Yonoson Rosenblum The numbers tell the sad story
With Fresh Eyes
Eytan Kobre Members of an ever-tying people
Gift-Giving Guide
Yisroel Besser There’s a skill to giving a teacher a gift
Time for a Career Change
Jacob L. Freedman “How can a bochur even afford to smoke?”
Today I Am a (Learned? Committed?) Jewish Man
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are bar mitzvah celebrations good for the Jews?
Major in Mothering
Faigy Peritzman “How do you picture marriage? Discussing quantum theory?...
When Parents Disagree
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Connecting heart-to-heart when you don’t see eye-to-eye
En Route: Food for Thought
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The bread we eat today also comes from heaven
The Twins: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “Bead,” she says again, with a little smirk
Dear Acquaintance
Your Possible Friend at the Clinic Why do you make it harder for me — and for you?