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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Carriages have been replaced by planes, icy back roads by highways, but it still takes courage for a chassid to travel away from chassidishe enclaves.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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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
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