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A Crown Restored

Yisroel Besser

Among the masses, he may be seen as a cultural symbol of Sephardic pride, or as a spiritual leader of the Shas political party. But those who value Torah learning above all look to Rav Ovadiah Yosef as a premier halachic arbiter, and an indefatigable sage who has labored for decades to restore the rightful crown of Sephardic Jewry. His son Rav David shares a wealth of riveting memories, and in a personal visit, acquaints us with the larger-than-life Torah leader he knows as Abba.

 

Darkness At Noon

Aryeh Deutsch

Towns north of the Arctic Circle have their own “plague of darkness” every year. As residents watch the final autumn sunset, they bid farewell to daylight and prepare for months of winter darkness, when morning and night are indistinguishable. What does a Shabbos observer do when there is no sunrise or sunset to guide him? As Jews find themselves in every corner of the world, some find themselves grappling with the unusual considerations of seasonal extremes.

 

Could We Weaklings Dream Of Revenge?

Yair Wasserman

Mendel Joskowicz — the lone survivor of his family who had made it through the ghetto, slave work details, Dachau and Auschwitz — never dreamed he would live to see the revival of Polish Jewry. Yet four decades later, he was called upon to lead it. Last week marked the shloshim of Polish Chief Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Joskowicz, the chassid from Jerusalem who stood up to the pope, brushed shoulders with world leaders, and showed the hidden Jews of Poland what it means to walk erect and proud.

 

Taking Control Of Your Life

Shimmy Blum

A new federal regulation giving doctors and incentive to discuss “end-of-life” issues with their patients is raising new concerns in Orthodox Jewish circles that the medical community will have more say over who shall live, and more significantly, who shall die, and when.

 

How to Get a Camel to Say “Ahh” and Other Tails

Avi Friedman

In a spin on the dream of many a Jewish mother, Dr. Doni Zivotofsky has pursued a career in medicine — animal medicine, that is. Zivotofsky plys his trade to the Holy Land, where he travels far and wide to treat camels, donkeys, goats, sheep, or any other animal in distress. As a frum Jew, Dr. Zivotofsky brings his expertise in veterinary medicine and his knowledge of all the pertinent halachos to his clients twenty-four hours a day — but, for the most part, only six days a week.

 

Cache of the Day

Sima Freidel Steinbaum



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The Fortunes of War
Rabbi Moshe Grylak We’re still feeling the fallout of the First World War
Some Lessons, But Few Portents
Yonoson Rosenblum What the midterms tell us about 2020
Vote of Confidence
Eyan Kobre Why I tuned in to the liberal radio station
5 out of 10
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Top 5 Moments of the Kinus
Day in the Life
Rachel Bachrach Chaim White of KC Kosher Co-op
When Less is More
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman How a good edit enhances a manuscript
It’s My Job
Jacob L. Freedman “Will you force me to take meds?”
They’re Still Playing My Song?
Riki Goldstein Yitzy Bald’s Yerav Na
Yisroel Werdyger Can’t Stop Singing
Riki Goldstein Ahrele Samet’s Loi Luni
Double Chords of Hope
Riki Goldstein You never know how far your music can go
Will Dedi Have the Last Laugh?
Dovid N. Golding Dedi and Ding go way back
Battle of the Budge
Faigy Peritzman Using stubbornness to grow in ruchniyus
The Challenging Child
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Strategies for raising the difficult child
Bucking the Trend
Sara Eisemann If I skip sem, will I get a good shidduch?
The Musician: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer "If she can't read she'll be handicapped for life!"