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Not Just a Malach, But a Saraf

Eytan Kobre

Rav Aharon Kotler built a foundation for the future of American Torah Jewry through a relationship with his talmidim of mutual esteem. He appreciated their desire to learn Torah amid a spiritual wilderness, and they in turn were awed by his greatness and moved by his love for them. Rav Yechiel Perr, a close talmid of the Rosh Yeshivah, shares his memories of the early days ofLakewood, and of the Rosh Yeshivah’s concern for a public that extended beyond the walls of the study hall.

 

Child of the Yeshivah

Yisroel Besser

Rav Aharon Kotler’s grandson and namesake — Beth Medrash Govoha’s CEO Rabbi Aaron Kotler — took an unlikely path to the executive office. Having successfully weathered fiscal, political, and communal challenges from his position at the reins ofAmerica’s largest yeshivah, Reb Aaron is girded by his grandfather’s fire and his own tenacity.

 

Life after Losing

Shimmy Blum

Finishing second is always disappointing — especially if the race was for president of theUnited States. Yet many presidential candidates have found personal and professional fulfillment long after the final votes were tallied, and had counted them out.

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