Saturday, December 20, 2014
The Untold Stories
Aryeh Ehrlich For close to a century, Rav Aharon Leib Steinman’s personal life remained a closed book, even to his family. But a new openness has uncapped a font of memories and chronicles about the quiet gadol whose Torah mastery and keen understanding of human nature wield global influence far beyond his famously bare Bnei Brak apartment.
One Man’s Meat
Shimon Breitkopf, Mexico City | Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Chaim Kurson was just a teenager when he realized the shechitah industry in Mexico was in shambles. Would his idealism and determination be enough to turn this Central American country into a hub of mehadrin kashrus? With hard work, adherence to gedolim and a large dose of siyata d’Shmaya, he — together with his rebbi Rav Shlomo Machpoud — managed to create a kosher empire.
 
A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
Sara Glaz | Wednesday, December 17, 2014 We asked financial advisors to guide our readers on best investing practices at three stages of life: just married, in your 30s with a few kids, and readying for retirement. The approaches might be different, but all agreed that good planning couldn’t be more important.
 
Map Quest
Barbara Bensoussan | Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Can you answer the shadchan’s question of “What are you looking for?” If you’ve never addressed the more basic query of: “Who are you?” Rabbi Doniel Frank wants to give you a compass to help you figure out where you’re going and how to get there.
Showdown: 9 True Stories of Conflict and Courage
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 An elderly Kohein Gadol faces the world conqueror Greek culture vs. Jewish values A mother and her seven pure sons refuse to bow before the evil king A mother’s love vs. the reason for living A tiny band of Jews engage the powerful Greek army Might vs. faith
 
Flesh, Blood, & Dollar Bills
Barbara Bensoussan
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
It’s hard enough when your close friend or next-door neighbor is wealthy and you’re struggling. But what happens when the person rolling in the dough is your sibling?
The Marvelous Menorah
Shayna Friedman
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Yitzchak Biton, a student at the Tel Aviv School of Industrial Design, created a child-friendly, glow-stick menorah. It has no oil, no wicks, and no fire, but this menorah can burn for eight days — and that’s a real miracle!
 
Spreading the Light
C.B. Gavant
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mrs. Frankel bustled around the dining room, adjusting the chairs Ditza had arranged into a proud semicircle. “Do we have enough chairs, Ditza? What about napkins? Have we forgotten anything?” Ditza giggled. “How could we have forgotten anything, Mommy? We’ve been preparing for this party for three weeks already!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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