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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.



 
Hidden Power
Yonoson Rosenblum One never knows the power of his or her mitzvos
Can You Tell a Phony?
Eytan Kobre “You’re not using the phone; the phone is using you”
Grief and Gratitude
Yisroel Besser The deepest, most sophisticated truth in the world
Nobody's Perfect
Alexandra Fleksher With the gift of maturity, we learn to accept
Colossal Humility
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The last words I ever heard from my rebbi
Ready and Waiting
Baruch S. Fertel, MD, MPA, FACEP Why does everything take so long in the ER?
Bless You!
Faigy Peritzman Blessings don't create anything new in the natural world
Ready, Set, Succeed!
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Ensure success with explicit, doable instructions
The Radiance of Surrender
Mrs Shani Mendlowitz Honest admission reveals your inner radiance