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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Carriages have been replaced by planes, icy back roads by highways, but it still takes courage for a chassid to travel away from chassidishe enclaves.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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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”