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He’s been charged with balancing the books of New York City and was selected by Mayor Ed Koch to head the city’s housing commission. Yet for Avrohom Biderman, an investment banker who is a chairman of this week’s Agudah Convention, the most challenging and fulfilling item on his resume is the job he never applied for — a job handed to him by Rav Avrohom Pam, ztz”l. As chairman of Shuvu, Reb Biderman describes how the fundraising burdens are offset by the satisfaction of seeing his rebbi’s dream come true.
Couples from around the world come to him, looking for a ketubah that is not simply a legal document, but a work of art reflecting the deep commitment of their hearts. “A ketubah is a sacred contract,” says artist Albert Hakakian. “I want to create a ketubah that’s beautiful in Hashem’s Eyes.”
Five weeks ago, Mishpacha brought the communal focus onto a demographic that hadn’t received much attention in the frum community: the growing numbers of "dispassionate Jews" – youngsters who go through the motions and wear the uniform of mainstream Yiddishkeit, but who have no internal connection to religion. The response to the article – in the form of letters, calls, and comments posted in several venues – was overwhelming. We present some samples of the most compelling responses.
Sometime before the extended three-month settlement freeze in Israel is up, President Obama is expected to release a map with his assertions of where the borders between Israel and a state of Palestine should be drawn. Security experts contend that Israel will be left with little wiggle room, but major anxieties.
Three decades have passed since Rav Yitzchok Hutner, ztz”l, left the world. Was he primarily a chassid, was he more intellectual or emotional, Maharalian or Gra, mussar or Ramchal? Those who merited a personal relationship with the author of Pachad Yitzchok and founder of Mesivta Chaim Berlin attest that he was the embodiment of extraordinary. Rabbi Yaakov Feitman, one privileged talmid, shares his own recollections of the Rosh Yeshivah who revitalized the study of hashkafah and left a unique legacy.