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“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.