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He consults with presidents and senators, meets secretly with kings and generals. Malcolm Hoenlein is arguably the most powerful Jewish official in the United States, but he travels without a bodyguard and although he's easily accessible, he conceals more than he reveals.
Less than a month before they would sit down to the Seder to celebrate the holiday of liberation, an unusual delegation headed by Rav Chaim Walkin set out to the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai. Seventy years before, their families had found an unlikely refuge from the Nazis in this foreign city. Now they’d returned — to say thank you.
Early in his sociology career, Professor William Helmreich went back to the beis medrash in order to study what makes yeshivos tick. Seven years and hundreds of interviews later, he published the book that remains academia’s sole portrait of the yeshivah world. But it is the memories of the never-published conversations with the greatest roshei yeshivah of the past generation that still stir his heart and mind.
Some see in their family name a calling, a value system, or point of pride. It’s not just an appendage; it’s part of their identity. What stories do our names reveal about hidden histories and a precious past?
How do former child stars navigate life after the glitz and glitter is gone? As he took his bows, he knew it would be his last performance. He put down the mike that had become his best friend, high-fived the sound technician, put his nose into the heavy curtain with its magical theater smell, took in the last breath of backstage air, threw his costume into the pile, and waved a casual goodbye to the new, younger blood — knowing they were taking his place. He was a has-been. And he was just 14.
Farming is a risky business. Crops can be deluged by a torrential downpour, devoured by locusts, or dried on the vine. So what do Israeli farmers stand to gain by laying down their plowshares for an entire year?
Ten years ago, the Eidah Hachareidis of Jerusalem selected Rav Yitzchok Tovia Weiss, dayan in Antwerp, as its next leader. People wondered how the mild-mannered European rav, a child survivor of the Holocaust, would lead the most vocal and unbending group of the Holy Land. But Rav Weiss emerged as a fearless warrior for everything sacred. During a rare Shabbos in the Gaavad’s home, he reflected on the personalities and experiences that shaped his aristocratic manner — and his relentless insistence on tru