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Lucerne’s Torah Lighthouse: A Tribute to Rav Yitzchak Dov Koppelman ztz”l

Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz

For half a century, Lucerne’s Torah lighthouse, Rav Yitzchak Dov Koppelman, served as both father and mother to his students, molding students with a singular combination of loving acceptance and unbending expectations. As Shabbos began, he finally bid goodbye to his earthly abode, after more than 100 years of dedicated service to His maker and generations of talmidim.

 

Rush to Judgment

Barbara Bensoussan and Binyamin Rose

A new law takes effect in a little more than two months in New York State that will require all hospitals, nursing homes, and home care agencies to have policies and procedures ensuring patient access to palliative care. That law, plus a host of new federal Medicaid directives on treatment of elderly and terminal patients, is dramatically altering the nation’s medical ethics in ways that are triggering great concern in the Orthodox Jewish community.

 

A New Home for $50 Million

Yitzchak Shalom

After sixty years building the most extensive private Judaica collection in the world, Jack Lunzer is looking for a new home for his rare possessions. But bidders are being deflected on two counts: the $30–$50 million asking price (“Not exactly small change,” Lunzer admits) and the condition that the collection not be dismantled. (“Had I agreed to that, I could have sold it at once.”) Will the diamond magnate and bibliophile find a savior for his collection?

 

Law Of The Jungle

Eliezer Eisikovits

He is not halachically Jewish, but this Christian-Muslim Indonesian, who sports a yeshivish black hat and traces his roots back to Jewish Dutch colonists, calls himself Yaakov Baruch and had built a shul for others like him who want to reconnect. “We are coming closer; it’s clear that we are far from the Jews of Meah Shearim, but we are learning,” he tells his Jewish visitors who are awed by his hand-crafted Judaica and shocked to find a twenty-five-meter menorah protruding from the jungle brush.

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