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For Rabbi Moshe Meiselman, rosh yeshivah of Yeshivas Toras Moshe, it’s nothing but emes. He introduces himself as “an American boy who grew up in Europe,” a man who understands the American mind even as the spirit of Brisk hovers in his yeshivah. Now he’s spreading the message of unadorned truth that has become his imprint, and implanting a new generation of students with the sense that Torah learning must play a constant role in their lives.
Hungary’s recent appointment of a top Ministry of Justice official as state secretary responsible for Jewish community issues is both unprecedented inside Hungary, and widely praised by Hungary’s Orthodox Jewish community and the thousands of Hungarian Jews living abroad. Both parties have great expectations for Dr. Andras Levente Gal, who accepted the appointment, and who explained what he expects to accomplish during an exclusive interview in his office in Budapest.
This week marks three years since Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg Hy”d were brutally murdered by Pakistani terrorists in their Chabad House in Mumbai, and while the entire world was horrified by the loss, Yair Daniel Lavon’s very future seemed dependent on Gavriel Holtzberg’s kindness. Dani, serving a ten-year sentence in a Goa prison for what he says is a framed drug rap, saw his life crumble with the Holtzbergs’ murder — until Rabbi Nachman Holtzberg stepped in to continue his son’s mission.
There are plenty of Jewish artists around, and plenty of Jewish educators. But how many succeed in educating Jews through the medium of their artwork? Master craftsman Noah Greenberg’s message is as simple as his multileveled Tree of Life Shtender is intricate: the Torah is the Tree of Life of the Jewish People, and he wants to pass that on to his curious young audiences and the art lovers who make up his clientele.