Master of All Holy Trades Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz The once complimentary phrase, “He’s a jack-of-all-trades,” is now often turned into a paraprosdokian gibe with the addition of: “but a master of none.” There are people who become good at many different things, but don’t excel in any of them. And then there was Rav Chaim Yisroel HaLevi Belsky ztz”l, who learned every field of klei kodesh — and beyond — and mastered them all.
Built to Last
Barbara Bensoussan | Wednesday, February 03, 2016
How to keep students whose strengths lie outside academics motivated within the framework of yeshivah life? How to make sure bochurim who don‘t excel at memorizing and sitting for hours still succeed instead of muddling through? That was Rabbi Yaakov Bender’s question, and the vocational track his school created is one answer.
Back to the Drawing Board
Shlomi Gil | Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Yaakov Kimchi’s Jewish art hangs on the walls of homes in Israel and around the world, and his illustrated seforim have become favorites among cheder boys and bochurim alike. Yet three decades ago he was an arch-secularist who’d never seen the inside of a beis medrash or a page of Gemara — until his creative mind knew it could no longer deny the stirrings of his estranged soul.
Sara Glaz Wednesday, February 03, 2016
When I got married, I quickly learned there was an art to washing clothes — and I was no master. My clothes shrunk, looked drab after a few washes, and were littered with stains. With each new child, the laundry problem escalated until it became an all-out crisis. Here’s how I finally became a laundry maestro (or at least outgrew my rookie status).
Lifetakes — Regret in Aisle 4
Miriam Schwartz Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Some people acquire their Olam Haba in minutes. Could I have lost mine for $8?
Rabbi Meir Goldberg Wednesday, February 03, 2016
This time we’re visiting Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The Netherlands (often called Holland) is a small European country with a long coast on the Atlantic Ocean.
Rachel Stein Wednesday, February 03, 2016
“Hey, Shosh,” Chavie began, walking alongside her best friend on their way home from school, “wanna come over today?”
“I’d love to,” Shosh began, “but I have to study for this monster math test. My parents told me if I bring up my grade, they’ll take me somewhere really special on Sunday. So I have to do well this time.”
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