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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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Filling the Void
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Jewish leaders don’t need to be declared or coronated
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A Fine Kettle of Fish
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The Next Hill
Jacob L. Freedman The look on Malachi’s face nearly broke my heart
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Riki Goldstein Fusing tradition and modernity comes naturally to him
A Playlist for Shabbos
Riki Goldstein What does Moshy Kraus sing at the Shabbos table?
With Flying Colors
Riki Goldstein My 15 seconds of fame on the Carnegie Hall stage
Full Faith
Faigy Peritzman With emunah, everyone’s obligation is the same
Speechless
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Silence isn’t always golden
The Only One
With Rav Moshe Wolfson, written by Baila Vorhand Within every Jew is the flame of instinctive emunah