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Forever My Rebbi

Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz

Rav Reuven Elbaz was just a bochur the first time he heard a shiur from Rav Ovadiah Yosef, but even then he knew he’d found his rebbi for life. Later, Rav Ovadiah would go out of his way to help his prized talmid — even traveling abroad to fundraise for Rav Elbaz’s yeshivah. Because for Rav Ovadiah, there was no hierarchy: it was all about more Jews learning Torah. With the approach of Rav Ovadiah’s first yahrtzeit on 3 Cheshvan, Rav Elbaz reveals little-known details of that most cherished relationship.

 

Breaking a Painful Silence

Binyamin Rose

When Charlie Press enlisted in the US Army in 1945, he became an unwitting witness to the horrors of history in the waning days of World War II: carting away pillaged Nazi gold, capturing SS troops as they were trying to move out surviving prisoners, and aiding emaciated concentration camp inmates. But it took nearly 50 years until he was ready to talk about it.

 

Strangers in Our Backyard

Avi Friedman

For the residents of Maaleh Hazeitim and other mixed neighborhoods in Jerusalem, the festive week of Succos meant fending off attacks from Israeli Arabs who unleashed a ferocious string of violence against their Jewish neighbors — who share the land both claim as their own.



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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek