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Living the Legend

Eytan Kobre

The famous photo graces thousands of homes and his seforim guide us, but what of all those legends of the Chofetz Chaim, told and retold? In a rare departure from a no-publicity policy, Rav Hillel Zaks, rosh yeshivas Knesses Hagedolah and a son of the Chofetz Chaim’s youngest daughter, provides the little known, rarest of glimpses into this “first family” of Klal Yisrael. Along the way, he reflects on his grandfather’s timeless legacy.

 

Made in Heaven

Gittel Chany Rosengarten

A wedding in the rebbe’s court isn’t just about sending out invitations and booking a p hotographer. It’s a joyous affirmation of the continuity of the court, a veritable Yom Tov for the chassidim who attend in their Shabbos best — chronicled in the memoirs of the chassidus for years to come. With Shavuos heralding the start of the summer wedding season, a look behind the scenes at the dedicated chassidim involved in orchestrating an affair on par with any major stadium event.

 

Mizmor L’Duvid

Yisroel Besser

Some people are called back to the World of Truth amid great martyrdom and human sacrifice, while others have another mission — to continue living with simchah even within that mesirus nefesh. That was Reb Duvid Werdyger’s destiny. Through his pioneering efforts to bring holy music to a postmodern world, he showed generations that the timeless ideals of the spirit can overcome the darkest horrors.

 

Dropped onto D-Day

As told to Machla Abramovitz

When Ed Shames and his battalion parachuted into Nazi-occupied Normandy seventy years ago this week, their mission was to prevent heavily fortified German positions from reaching the beaches. While most of the division was lost, Shames and his men fought on, paving the way for the end of the war. But no battle could prepare him for Dachau.

 

Afrikaan Quest

Eliana Cline

Afrikaners are best known for their unusual tongue and love of a dried beef treat called biltong. But lately, they’re becoming better known to the Jewish community in South Africa, where dozens of Afrikaners have shed their Christianity and found their true spiritual home.

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The Business Trip
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Death and Taxes
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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?”