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For years, the names Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa held sinister undertones for the Jewish nation, but the long, chilly history of Eastern Europe’s intolerance for Judaism has begun to thaw, and a new generation of Jews is once again openly studying Torah. Mishpacha gained a close-up glimpse of the blossoming of Torah in the former Soviet Union, and the impact of an innovative new learning program that brings the Chofetz Chaim’s words to life in the very country where he wrote them.
Investigations, prosecutions, and prison sentences for white collar (financial) crimes in America have spiked significantly in recent years, leaving many members of the Orthodox community with the feeling that they are being singled out. Mishpacha questioned some experts in the field to determine if this is fact or fantasy.
English speakers throughout the world still benefit from the wisdom and eloquence of Rav Avigdor Miller, ztz”l. But there’s an unlikely group of Yiddish speakers in a little pocket in Williamsburg who see Rav Miller as their rebbe, too. Led by Rav Avraham Shlomo Yavo, the chassidim of Nitei Avigdor retain their chassidish identities even as they imbibe the approach and ideals of an avowed Litvack. In honor of his rebbe’s tenth yahrtzeit, Rav Yavo shares his own memories of a precious relationship.
All it takes is a quick stroll down a street in Jerusalem to see that Hebrew letters aren’t set in stone. Store signs, snacks, and even books all come with interesting letter treatments that are designed to catch the eye. But what goes into making a Hebrew typeface? And how has the computer age affected this ancient art? To find out, we’ve gone into the “teivah,” to take an inside look at the world of designing Hebrew letters.