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Monday, May 20, 2019

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Wedding Season

“They’re coming in!”

The sound of trum­pets grow louder as the sea of guests quickly part in the middle, and on all sides the chattan is surrounded and danced into the wedding hall. Approaching the kallah at the b’dekin, the chattan whispers in her ear, hands her a long stemmed rose, and then tenderly releas­es the white veil. The room is positively

My Brother, My Friend

In commemoration of the 25th Yahrzeit of my beloved big brother, Seymour Brier

The summer day that my big brother and I became friends began like every other one. Mama woke us up early and rushed us to the breakfast table. I had my usual morning difficulties with the steaming bowl of hot cereal emphatically placed before me on the

Read Carefully Before Using

Rebecca was incensed. Every time Mrs. Klein returned her students’ essays the grades were the same. A’s for the girls the teacher liked and B’s and C’s for the others. There were never any comments or explanations for the marks other than an excellent scrawled in red near the A or a needs work with two strong lines underscoring the lower

20 Years After the Rebbe’s Death, Jewish Movements Increasingly Emulate Chabad

Many questions surrounded the future of the Chabad-Lubavitch branch of Hasidism after the death of its seventh and final leader—“the Rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson—on June 12, 1994. Schneerson had no children, and no successor was named. But 20 years later, Chabad is not only alive and well, but increasingly receiving the so-called highest

Stepping In

Dear D,

I, Debby, a Chaplain- Intern, stepped into your room on a Monday morning back in September of 2013. You didn’t know me and I didn’t know the first thing about you or your condition. Little did I know that I would have the honor of being able to ac­company you and your dedicated parents on your very long journey and be there with you until you took

Michael Freund, Founder of Shavei Israel, Awarded Moskowitz Prize

Jerusalem—Michael Fre­und, founder and chairman of the Shavei Israel organization, re­ceived the Lion of Zion Award by the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism in a special ceremony that took place at the National Park at Emek Tzurim in Jerusalem. Other prize recipients included Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon, founder of the NGO “Job Katif,” and Dr. Gabi Barkay, an

Bnei Menashe in Israel

Kfar Hasidim—Children from the Bnei Menashe community of Northeast India, who just made aliyah with their families, are already celebrating their first Shavuot in Is­rael at the Shavei Israel immigrant absorp­tion center in Kfar Hasidim, near Haifa.

The new Olim, who hail from the north­eastern Indian state of Manipur, were brought to Israel by

YU’s Fiscal Challenge: Shrinking Budget Pains

(NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, corrections that should have been inserted into the YU Budget Crisis story on the front page of Issue #37 in the printed paper edition were not inserted. We regret the error.)

 

Washington Heights—Yeshiva University stands as one of the finest universities in the United States as well as

Trucks: Our Sweet Summer Shoppes

“So what do you girls do up there by yourselves in yenem’s velt?” (“nowheres­ville” in English)

It was always difficult to explain the lure of Sun-Ray life to the uninitiated. The fact was, we kissed our hardworking hus­bands goodbye on Sunday night or early Monday morning and took a deep breath. Now, the 27 tiny cottages in this Catskill Bungalow

There’s No Winning

I would have to say that Chinese auctions are, hands-down, the best type of auction. Unless you count those car auctions that people are always walking away from, saying, “You see the car I bought? Five dollars! All it needs are seats!”

It’s definitely more exciting than just buying things from a store. Going to the store is kind of boring,

The Kid and the Yid

The following is an email that Rabbi Mendy Lipskier, Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Foun­tain Hills in Arizona, sent to his community:

I’d like to share a real life experience that oc­curred in our family recently. The “Kid and the Yid” is our son, Yossi, 9 years old, an avid base­ball fan and valuable team member on our lo­cal Little League

Rabbi Berel Wein and Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter: A Public Conversation

Englewood—Rabbi Berel Wein and Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter share similar histories as well as a friendship: Their fathers were American rabbis who fanned the embers of Orthodoxy in 20th century America to keep the flame burning. They continued their fathers’ mission, achieving great heights in Torah scholarship and academic studies, heading congregations,