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While senior IDF officials have announced that in the army’s estimation, the three yeshivah students kidnapped last Thursday night are still alive and being kept somewhere in the Judean Hills, heartrending prayers continue to rise heavenward from their towns, their yeshivos, and from shuls, schools, and spontaneous prayer vigils around the country.
A new museum in Warsaw tells the story of 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland. But is the architectural gem a recognition of Polish anti-Semitism or just the latest attempt to whitewash history?
John Batchelor is perhaps one of the few radio talk show hosts who listens more than he speaks and educates more than he entertains. His unique on-air persona has attracted a wide-ranging audience, from New York City taxi drivers to Jews from Lakewood and other Orthodox strongholds. Mishpacha’s news editor entered the inner sanctum of his on-air studio, where Batchelor expounded on how he developed his style, shared some behind-the-scenes memories, and aired his views on America’s future.
He grew up with Torah royalty on the Lower East Side, dined with US presidents, and for the last 40-plus years has led a major kehillah in Montreal. Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Kaufman’s secret to success? Always see the good.