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Kindness, Zeal, and Old-Time Appeal

Yerucham Landesman

Walking down Rechov Meah Shearim in their striped caftans, they seem to be symbols of peace and simplicity. Yet they are often portrayed in the media – whose attention they shun – in far harsher colors. Misphacha met with leading figures in Toldos Aharon, for a first-ever comprehensive look at the introverted chassidus.

 

In the Glow of the Gadol Hador

Yisroel Besser

Reb Chaim Hirschman, the “meturgeman” charged with relaying the audience’s questions to Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv at his nightly shiur to a diverse crowd, shares his personal perspective of the Rav.

 

The Changing Face of Jerusalem

Avi Friedman

A new bridge dominates the city skyline, and underground infrastructure updates necessary for the nearly-completed light rail have brought Jerusalem into the twenty-first century. But behind the façade of modernization, the holy city retains its small, traditional, family-like atmosphere.

 

The Art of Illustration

Riva Pomerantz

There’s a new phenomenon in the world of publishing today, an aesthetic, masterful revolution that began with a brushstroke and exploded in a flash of talent never glimpsed before. Behind it all is a name, Gadi Pollack. Meet the artist whose creations are keeping kids and adults spellbound.

 

A Beacon from Baltimore

Yisroel Besser

As a young man of twenty, Rabbi Naftali Neuberger, ztz”l, met with Rav Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, and so began a “career” of taking responsibility for the world, a passion that would eventually spread light throughout the globe — from Baltimore to Iran, and from Great Neck to Panama. Remembering Rabbi Neuberger on his fifth yahrtzeit.

 

Angels in the Desert

Yisroel Besser, David Damen, Yosef Frankel, Gavriel Horan

Carriages have been replaced by planes, icy back roads by highways, but it still takes courage for a chassid to travel away from chassidishe enclaves. These seven Rebbes, spiritual heirs to the Baal Shem Tov, have ventured out, because in the wilderness of academia, liberalism, apathy, or simple ignorance, Jewish souls wait to be ignited.

 

Still Playing After All These Years

Refael Razin

Music is an integral part of Jewish life. Yet professional Jewish music as we know it can be traced back to a handful of professionals who began to make music in an uncharted frontier. Meet the artists who carved the face of modern Jewish music.

 

Men for All Seasons

Azriela Jaffe

There was a time when most young Jewish men embarking on careers would gravitate to the fields of medicine, law, and accounting. But today’s Jewish working men are entertaining careers in blue-collar industries, may even sport a black belt, or spend their working hours outdoors.

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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?”