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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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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
Words Unspoken I could say, “Welcome to real life, honey!” as I notice ...