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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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Right to Die? What about the Right to Live?
Yonoson Rosenblum Inside the “quality of life” mentality
Done Deal
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman A rabbi sometimes has to say no
Exempt from What?
Jacob L. Freedman Different reason for a clear-cut case
Out-Rage
Faigy Peritzman How to avoid the anger trap
We’ve Got a Problem
Sarah Chana Radcliffe We may not know we’re negative
Center Stage
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Transforming the physical into spiritual
Dear Sister-in-Law
Words Unspoken Please find pleasure in other things