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A Priceless Battle for Survival

Shimmy Blum

It is every Yid’s nightmare: their child’s yeshivah is fighting for its financial survival and announces deep cuts in programs. With America’s deep economic crisis showing no sign of fading, the hanhalah of Lakewood’s Yeshivah Bais HaTorah sent shock waves throughout the chinuch world when it announced that it could not continue to operate. A community-wide campaign has been launched to reverse these dire tidings, but this story is symptomatic of the reality that is facing many communities worldwide.

 

The Driving Force behind the Beetle

Estee Rieder

Who really invented the Volkswagen Beetle? Was it the “People’s Car” – the proud invention of the Third Reich, or was the real inventor an unfortunate victim of industrial theft? New research has turned up a surprising, if not sad, piece of automotive history. The real inventor of the Volkswagen was a Jewish engineer – kidnapped and tortured by the Nazis -- named Josef Ganz.

 

Life After the Gulag

Machla Abramowitz

Walking on Rechov Chanah in Jerusalem’s Shikkun Chabad, you’ll notice a street sign posted on a set of steps. “Maalos HaRav Nanes” the sign declares, commemorating a man who survived twenty years in the Soviet Gulag, later moving to Eretz Yisrael and teaching Torah to hundreds who visited his house on Rechov Chanah. Mishpacha examines the four phases of a fascinating life.

 

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Azriela Jaffe

This week, bochurim all over the globe are back at their shtenders, after the rest and recreation of their summer vacations. Yet some have returned to their schedules with an extra dose of nourishment — the rare satisfaction that comes from a vacation spent giving of oneself to others. Mishpacha speaks to a lively assortment of boys who describe the choices they made this summer.

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