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Korban Pesach

Rachel Ginsberg

Tamar and Itzik Viflic don’t consider themselves heroes, and don’t even pretend to be brave. They are just being human, struggling to make sense of the tragic death of their only son, killed when terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at the school bus he was riding in. This week marks the shloshim of sixteen-year-old Daniel Viflic, the special, elevated soul who — in the ten days he clung to life — united the entire Jewish world in intense prayer.

 

Life Song Of A Soul

Nosson Weiss

We tend to associate song with Chassidim, and rightfully so. Seldom does one hear of a Litvishe Rosh Yeshiva who sings, let alone one who composes songs. Yet Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro, Rosh Yeshivah of Be’er Yaakov and one of the leading Gedolim of Eretz Yisrael, was known not only for his genius in learning, but for the soul-stirring melodies that he transmitted to the generation. Five years after his petirah, two grandchildren reveal the source and sentiment behind his singing.

 

Fearless Fliers in Alaska

Cindy Scarr

In the Alaskan tundra, fierce winds and hostile terrain isolate hundreds of villagers from humanity, food supplies, and medical aid. The pilots of Era Aviation bridge the yawning divide with their bush planes, specially outfitted to brave the subzero temperatures and hurricane-speed winds that are practically humdrum to Northern Alaskans.

 

Saved By The K-Syndrome

Aryeh Deutsch and Rachel Ginsberg

British journalist and international espionage expert Gordon Thomas has a new story to write. He has discovered the secret of Dr. Vittorio Sacerdoti, an Italian physician who saved dozens of lives during World War II by diagnosing “K Syndrome” — sending the invading Nazis into a tailspin of fear over this dread disease.



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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you