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The sight of HaRav Shmuel Berenbaum, rosh yeshivah of the Mirrer Yeshivah, bent over his Gemara with a look of ecstasy on his face, is etched into the collective memory of the thousands of talmidim who loved him and learned from him. As Jews the world over mark the fourth yahrtzeit of this towering personality, his daughter, Rebbetzin Goldy Sorotzkin, shares cherished memories of life as his child.
The challenge: Make two beautiful Shabbos seudos while trimming a full 30% off the regular budget. Should they cut on kneidlach or compote? Rethink the soda or the salmon? Calculators in hand, three intrepid balabustas braved the great Family First Thrifty Challenge.
For children born with hydranencephaly, a rare condition in which all or much of the brain is missing, the prognosis is usually gloomy — death by age one. But then there are children like four-year-old Natan Shai, who are beating all the odds and bringing great joy to their families.