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Monsey’s Secret

Yisroel Besser

We grace our walls with images of gedolim, men who inspired and taught the masses. Rav Shmuel Shmelka Taubenfeld was a different kind of gadol: He lived in relative isolation, far from the public eye, and his only pursuit was Torah. But the people he touched will forever carry his memory.

 

Legacy of Many Threads

Aryeh Ehrlich

They wear kippot serugot under their shtreimels, gartels over jeans or army fatigues. They are chassidim of the Pashkaner Rebbe, a sixth-generation descendant of Rav Yisrael of Ruzhin and husband of Rebbetzin Tziporah — daughter of the Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz. While Gilo isn’t exactly Bnei Brak, Rav Yisrael Friedman, who’s straddled many worlds in his 91 years, believes he’s been able to bridge major gaps in Klal Yisrael.

 

Home on the Range

Eytan Kobre

When people ask a heimish guy like Refoel Franklin what he’s doing on a farm in upstate New York, he doesn’t even get the question. “Why would anyone want to live in the city, when you can be out here in G-d’s country?” he asks in wonder. But it’s not like he’s living in isolation (although he did once spend a year living alone in a log cabin in the Montana hills): His slaughterhouse and dairy farm produce the only chicken and milk products some rebbes will eat.

 

Russian Roulette

Alexander Duncan

Rabbi Eliyahu Essas was being chased by the KGB. So were the westerners who supported him undercover. Thirty years later, a reunion between the refusenik leader of the Russian baal teshuvah movement and the unsung heroes who supported him, brings back memories of fear, panic, oppression and intrigue in that dark decade before the collapse of the USSR.

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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod