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Polishing Diamonds

David Damen, Antwerp

For close to 130 years, Antwerp’s legendary Yesodei HaTorah institution, with its thousands of alumni and its living testimony to the miracle of a post-Holocaust resurgence, has rallied to its challenges with confidence. And now, in the shadow of a government clampdown on education, Antwerp’s flagship institution still clings to its legacy.

 

The Answers Man

Aryeh Ehrlich

The family of Rav Mordechai Dov Kaplan, the rav of the Ari shul and the Old City in Tzfas, was entrusted with a sacred mission by the Rebbes of Ruzhin. Every Lag B’omer, he’d travel to Meron, to watch flames of joy and salvation overtake the dark hilltop. And while he views today’s massive crowds as a sign of blessing, he misses the unity that marked the Meron of his childhood — when there was one fire for everyone.

 

His Own Song

Barbara Bensoussan

Eli Schwebel may hail from a family of Jewish music stars, but it took years of struggle before he found his own voice and could sing the tunes of his own heart.

 

Where Shuls Are Aplenty and Jews Are Few

Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Ari Greenspan

Jews in Alsace once accounted for more than half the French Jewish population. But emancipation, urbanization, and ultimately World War II nearly emptied the area of its Jews. Today, there are hundreds of shuls to visit, but very few Jews to meet. Ari and Ari set out to find what remained.



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At Our Doorstep
Rabbi Moshe Grylak In Israel, intermarriage still has some shock value
The Wrong Conversation
Yonoson Rosenblum How can we reattach Jews to the Jewish story?
Heart on Your Sleeve
Eytan Kobre Being pro-phylactery can be downright prophylactic
The Silver Lining
Alexandra Fleksher Who is brave enough to buck the dangerous trends?
Top 5 Uniquely Jewish Words
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin For some concepts, Yidden have the best words
10 Questions for Avi Kehat
Rachel Bachrach The Chesed Fund, for desperate people who need a fortune
On Speaking Terms
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman He learned firsthand, “What goes around comes around”
Stressed Out
Jacob L. Freedman “We’re going to aggressively help you take care of you”
Mona Knew to Pick a Winner
Riki Goldstein “Shloime, let’s sing this on Motzaei Shabbos”
Four Stanzas You Don’t Just Sing
Riki Goldstein “This is not a niggun that you just sing!” he exclaimed
A Part of Me
Riki Goldstein The fruit of two years’ preparation and collaboration
Worth the Hassle?
Riki Goldstein Travel can be challenging for musicians and bands
Know It All
Faigy Peritzman The wiser I get, the more I realize how little I know
No Time to Breathe
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When we don’t have a minute to spare is when we pause
On Dry Ground
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles Every day we thank Hashem for the miracle of dry land