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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.
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.
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.
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.