Called to the Eastern Wall
Eliezer Shulman and Yisroel Besser | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Rav Dovid Cohen, rosh yeshivah of Yeshivas Chevron, molds and shapes thousands of talmidim by the force of his Torah and personality.
What makes his seforim so widely sought across the globe? Who are the mentors that influenced his trademark blend of creativity and precision? And who positioned the relatively young rosh yeshivah on the eastern wall of the Torah landscape?
Students, contemporaries, and admirers paint a picture of one of the brightest lights in Eretz Yisrael’s yeshivah world.
Libi Astaire | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Jeremy Langford is considered to be one of the world’s foremost glass artists. With a career that has spanned three continents and four decades, he’s created stunning projects at some of the Jewish People’s holiest sites. But that’s only served to humble him. “The most important people in history were here,” he says. “And now me?”
Our Mehadrin Mentor
Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Ari Greenspan | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
It’s unusual to develop such a personal relationship with a gadol, yet Rav Shlomo Machpud, one of the great shochtim of the generation and the av beit din of Badatz Yoreh Deah, has been a longtime ally of the irrepressible halachic adventure-seeking duo known to all as “Ari and Ari.” From archaeological excavations to giraffe innards, from soft matzah to gourmet grasshoppers — how did the American-born dentist and professor get the world-renowned Yemenite sage on board for their exploits?
His Father’s Son
Yisroel Besser | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Rav David Lau, the chief rabbi of Israel, resembles his famous father, dresses like him, and now even holds the same high position. But the challenges he faces are vastly different, and in some ways more daunting than those of Rav Yisrael Meir. In an age when the chief rabbinate must fight for its legitimacy from both corners of the religious spectrum, Rav David says he’s up for the task and energized by the mission.
Soul and Heart
Eytan Kobre | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Rabbi Mendel Freedman was an accomplished Bais Yaakov principal in suburban Maryland when he received the report that made his blood freeze: He needed a heart transplant. The news galvanized a slew of tests, anxious waiting, and prayers for a new heart he could live by. And after all that, a final test: to see his student through the same harrowing process.
Make Them Pay
Shlomi Gil and Rachel Ginsberg | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Dr. Alan Bauer’s life was changed forever after a suicide bomber blew himself up nearby, sending screws through his arm and shrapnel through his seven-year-old son’s brain. That Pesach of 2002 was spent in the ICU; but while the wounds never totally heal, this year the Bauers and nine other families will sit down to the Seder knowing justice has prevailed.
My Son the Genius
Barbara Bensoussan | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
“Top of his class.”
It seems that every Jewish parent can lay claim to a “wise son” or two. But parents of true prodigies — the kind who can play a piano backward, analyze the newspaper before their third birthday, or write sci-fi novels when their friends are just making sense of paragraphs — say that the gift of genius can be a bewildering burden.
Golden Hearts in the City of Gold
Leah Gebber Tuesday, March 31, 2015
As her stories circle and spiral and weave a web of history and destiny, there is one constant — the fundamental value to which Rebbetzin Avigayil Ravitz and her husband, Rav Avraham Ravitz ztz”l, dedicated their lives: making a kiddush Hashem.
Michal Eisikowitz Tuesday, March 31, 2015
They may spend much of their day in corporate boardrooms or hectic emergency rooms, but when frum women who are leaders in their fields get home to the kitchen, they switch their focus and their demeanor. How do they pull it off?
Far from Home
Mishpacha Staff Tuesday, March 31, 2015
As the miles slip by, so do the scents and sights of home.
Separated from their homelands by churning oceans and alien tongues, four women
use faith, determination, and humor to navigate the contours of a new life, a new world.
Here are their stories.
Different People, Different Places, Same Pesach
Rhona Lewis Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Every year when we celebrate Pesach, we realize how much Hashem has done for us and how much He loves us. The Seder also helps us remember that we don’t have to let the yetzer hara rule us — we can become spiritually free. It doesn’t matter where you celebrate Pesach or how old you are — the feelings at the Seder will always be the same. Let’s hear about four different Seder experiences.
Ray Rivlin Tuesday, March 31, 2015
No one in the Reingold family was in any way pleased the day Tatty came home from work and told them the local branch of Sleep Easy was closing down. Within one month, he would be out of a job unless he accepted the firm’s offer of a transfer, as manager, to the Watervale branch miles away.
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