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When the Mountains Danced: Travels with HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman, shlita

Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman

Three small Jewish communities made headlines just a few weeks ago when Rav Steinman selected them as the chosen destinations for a chizuk mission. In this rare feature, Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman, a member of the trip’s organizing committee, shares some of the conversations, impressions, and lessons he gleaned from his unique vantage point beside the gadol hador, who has made it his personal crusade to share his vision of Torah with nascent and blossoming communities around the world

 

Brainwashed?

Rachel Ginsberg

How were tens of thousands of soldiers brought to the point where they robotically marched en masse into the communities of Gush Katif and, without flinching, managed to single-mindedly evacuate close to 10,000 people from the homes they built over three decades? A group of psychologists has been wondering the same thing: What, exactly, were the evacuating forces told that enabled them to succeed in the army’s most painful and controversial mission?

 

Moshe Menora’s Light Shines On

Shimmy Blum

On the 2nd of Av, tragedy engulfed the Jewish community on hearing of the horrific plane crash that claimed the lives of Skokie, Illinois businessman Moshe Menora and his 3 granddaughters, Rikki and Rachel Menora, and Sara Klein, a”h, who were visiting from Israel. His grandson, Yossi Menora, who survived the crash with severe burns, is being treated at a Michigan hospital. Moshe, a skilled pilot, had taken his visiting grandchildren on a trip to Michigan, on his aircraft, which crashed on their way home.

 

Shakespeare on Trial: Is the Bard Good to the Jews?

Shylock, the world’s most despised moneylender, is once again sharpening his knife in a new production of The Merchant of Venice. Do we need this, during a summer when the Jewish People have enough problems on their plate? Or can a case be made for the Bard of Avon and his troubling play?

 

Seven Centuries of Jewish Life, Illuminated

Barbara Bensoussan

When Rene Braginsky came across a rare illustrated bentscher, he couldn’t have foreseen the astounding collection that he’d amass over the next three decades. That first encounter with a historical art form led him to seek out hundreds of manuscripts and books from seven centuries of Jewish life. When Mishpacha viewed the selection of those manuscripts currently on display in the Yeshiva University Museum, we were treated to an experience that went far beyond aesthetics.



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