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Queens' Gambit: Fifty Years of Rabbi Neuman's Theory

Yisroel Besser

“Give kids a good time and then they’ll learn” has been the proven formula for success for Rabbi Moshe Neuman, long-time educator who has just retired after nearly half a century as the principal of Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens. With the inspiration and confidence of his own rebbi, Rav Yitzchok Hutner, Rabbi Neuman has traversed the gamut of challenges facing Jewish educators. Reflections of a mechanech’s mechanech.

 

No Such Thing As Anti-Zionist Kashrus

Aryeh Ehrlich

The striped Jerusalemite garb, long beards, and flowing peyos are in stark contrast to the cutting-edge technology of the gadgets they oversee. A trip to the offices of the Vaad HaKashrus of the Badatz Eida HaChareidis, Israel’s largest private kashrus agency, whose logo is one of the most easily identified kashrus symbols in the world, revealed a surprising combination of age-old Yerushalmi values with twenty-first century technology.

 

An Uplifting Experience

Shimmy Blum

Since 1948, El Al Israel Airlines has attained enormous popularity among passengers of all stripes, not the least of whom is its loyal flock of chareidi passengers — a clientele that can be very discerning, to put it mildly. On a recent weekday morning, El Al officials took Mishpacha on this behind-the-scenes, exclusive, first-of-a-kind tour as the airline prepared a craft for takeoff to Eretz Yisrael.

 

Balancing Britain’s Budget: On Whose Backs?

Binyamin Rose and Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

Like most nations in the world, Great Britain is spending far more than it is earning, but unlike most nations, the new British government has applied a tourniquet, in the form of an “austerity budget.” It calls for steep spending cuts and tax increases to cut the budget bleeding and Britain’s large and growing chareidi community are worried they will be the first to feel the pinch.

 

Dutzi, We’re With You

Aryeh Ehrlich

Jews around the world were devastated by the enormity of the tragedy: an entire family — three generations — taken in an instant in a gruesome collision between a train and a minibus that stalled. Son-in-law David Tzvi Gutstein, the only surviving family member, together with the driver, were somehow spared the fate of the others, despite the van being thrown 1,300 feet after it had been flattened. In a painful conversation from his hospital bed, David Tzvi (“Dutzi”) shares his overwhelming devastation.

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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”