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Before the Bobover Rebbetzin a”h passed away, she gave a rare personal interview for Family First, opening up about everything from her mishpachah to her thoughts about the klal today. At the time, I had no idea that my article would serve as a tribute to this wise and selfless woman, the esteemed Rebbetzin Hessie Halberstam a”h.
Young and thriving, the twenty-year old city of Beitar Illit is hardly a historian’s treasure. But there’s more than meets the eye. On a sedate side street named after Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ztz”l stands a nondescript caravan housing a shul, and in its modestly adorned aron kodesh lies a fascinating — and moving — piece of history. This is Kehillas Ateres Zvi, and the unique Sefer Torah encased within its walls bears testimony to the extraordinary courage and selflessness of two Jewish women.
Webster defines “family” as a group of persons of common ancestry. Yet the concept of ancestry need not be limited to one or two generations. What happens when a group of people discover family ties that stretch back over thousands of years?
After seven weeks of self-growth we are poised to accept the Torah anew. Yet deep within us there’s a voice seeking to undo our work and sabotage our best efforts. To fight the inner critic we need to learn to recognize its voice — and replace its messages. Here’s how to do so.
When Elisheva Parry of Los Angeles was in high school, she and a friend used to learn all Shavuos night. They attended shiurim in a local shul for some of the night and learned together, chavrusah-style, for the rest. Over the years, Elisheva has reviewed portions of Halichos Bas Yisrael, the halachos of shmiras halashon — and, because Shavuos usually falls out right before final exams, she has sometimes studied limudei kodesh as well.