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The Angel Daniel

Aryeh Ehrlich

While the Torah world united in prayer for Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv shlita, two men were flying to Eretz Yisrael on a mission to save the gadol’s life: Dr. Daniel Clair, head of the vascular surgery department at the Cleveland Clinic, and Mr. Zalman Silber, a medical askan and philanthropist from Monsey, New York. In an exclusive interview with Mishpacha just hours after the successful surgery, the two friends shared the story of how they joined together to save Rav Elyashiv’s life — for the second time.

 

No Laughing Matter

Rachel Ginsberg

Reb Yonason Schwartz has been calling up mechutanim for the mitzvah tantz for the last twenty-three years, but he says that the minute it becomes routine, he’ll bow out of the business. “I get emotional at every single wedding. Each one is an entire universe,” says the world-class badchan with the silky voice whose popular CDs have become staple listening in Jewish homes.

 

A Greek Tragedy Unfolds

Aharon Granevich-Granot, Athens

Greece is awash in protests over economic austerity measures being imposed upon it from within and without, and the resulting shakeout also has members of the Jewish community in a spin.

 

No Honor, No Shame

Yisroel Besser

When Rav Yisroel Zev Gustman ztz”l passed away twenty years ago this week, he was the last living testimony to the great yeshivos of prewar Europe and the venerated Vilna beis din. But the past and future converge as the small yeshivah he created in Jerusalem’s Rechavia neighborhood is being revitalized, bringing back the Rosh Yeshivahs’s special credo: that the yeshivah remain a fortress, while never losing sight of the rights of the neighborhood residents to feel respected.



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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”