In the Shadow of the Chazon Ish // A visit with Rav Meir Greinemann
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by Rabbi Eliezer Brand
3d ago
An ironic aspect of the Chazon Ish’s influence on klal Yisrael is that although he shied away from leadership his entire life, he impacted scores of Yidden all over the world; today, thousands are known as “Chazon Ishniks.” While there have been many gedolim whose psakim are still adhered to decades after their passing, there are few whose communities adhere exclusively to their psakim. Nowhere is the impact of the Chazon Ish as evident as in Bnei Brak, a city that he is credited with developing into the Torah fortress that it is today. As I walk around Bnei Brak, I am struck by just how stro ..read more
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The Rebbe’s Shliach // In Memoriam Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky 1949—2024
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by Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter
3d ago
Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, who served as vice chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch, and chairman of the International Kinus Hashluchim, passed away last week on 27 Iyar at the age of 74. Overseeing more than 5,000 mosdos worldwide, his leadership and vision were instrumental in expanding Chabad’s global outreach through its shluchim, including through his role in the Chabad on Campus International Foundation, which operates on over 230 campuses. Born in 1949, Rabbi Kotlarsky was raised in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. His father, Rabbi Tzvi Y ..read more
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Mordechai Hager // Founder & CEO Regah Ventures
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by Nesanel Gantz
3d ago
Speaking to Mordechai Hager posed a bit of a problem. First, I had three separate hour-long Zoom conversations with him. Then I went to his house in Manhattan with photographer Rami Casper (who happens to be my brother-in-law) to have him review the article and add important information. We spent a total of five hours there, because the longer we stayed, the more incredible stories we heard. And he also shared important life lessons on Torah learning, shalom bayis, bein adam lachaveiro and more. By the time we left, I was faced with a dilemma: I had to decide what to include in this article ..read more
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ANC R.I.P.? // Are racism and anti-Israelism on the wane in South Africa?
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by Avi Shafran
3d ago
Been following the recent South African election? I didn’t think so. But you likely know that the country has become a particularly Israel-phobic entity. At the end of last year, it brought allegations of genocide against Israel at the International Court of Justice. It has recalled all its diplomats from the country. Just before the recent election, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, who heads the nation’s long-ruling African National Congress (ANC), which once was headed by Nelson Mandela, spoke at an election rally in Johannesburg. His prepared speech, according to Politicsweb, a new ..read more
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Dissecting Trump’s Guilty Verdict // A conversation with CNN senior legal analyst and former federal and state prosecutor Elie Honig
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by Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter
1w ago
For the first time, a former US president has been convicted of a felony. The prosecution of Donald Trump in a New York court on 34 charges of falsifying documents was the first of the criminal court cases against him to come to trial, and it concluded with him being found guilty on all counts. Although falsifying documents on its own is just a misdemeanor in New York law, when it is intended to cover up another crime, it can be a felony. In this case, the jury determined that the falsification was in the furtherance of another crime. The sentencing in the case will take place on July 11, and ..read more
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Creating A Refuge // How an accidental yeshivah turned into a much-needed beis midrash for older bachurim
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by Ami Magazine
1w ago
Across the street from the renowned Zichron Moshe shul on Rechov Pri Chadash is a building that is outwardly similar to all the others. It has no signs, markings or other identifiers to indicate that it is different. And yet, this humble edifice houses one of Yerushalayim’s premier kollelim, helmed by Rav Yitzchok Soloveitchik. Born in Spring Valley, New York, this scion of the Beis Halevi was known as “the masmid of the yeshivah” during his days in Yeshivas Chaim Berlin. Shortly after his wedding he moved to Eretz Yisrael and opened a yeshivah for American bachurim, which eventually turned i ..read more
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Yirmi Beron // TCS (Total Communications Solutions) Israel
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by Nesanel Gantz
1w ago
Right after October 7, someone asked me if I knew anyone who could facilitate the shipment of much-needed gear for the soldiers on the front lines in Eretz Yisrael. I made some phone calls and got the same name from several people: Yirmi Berzon. Yirmi was overseeing life-saving gear for thousands of soldiers as well as providing basic needs for their families. When I spoke to him then, I wondered aloud how this 24-hour chesed affected whatever he did for parnasah. Yirmi told me that he would work late hours to try to make up for the time dedicated to chesed. He also volunteers several shifts ..read more
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Contextualizing the Holocaust // Public school kids need a broader perspective
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by Avi Shafran
1w ago
Considering the sad state of Holocaust knowledge in the US—a 2020 Pew Research study found that, asked what “the Holocaust” referred to, a mere 66% identified it as the attempted annihilation of Jews, and a full 10% gave no answer at all—it’s laudable that 20 House members, from both parties, have advocated for “the highest possible funding” in 2025 for the Never Again Education Act. That 2020 law, which passed by a 393-5 vote in the House and unanimously in the Senate, provides funding and resources for Holocaust education efforts through the US Holocaust Museum. Already promoting awareness ..read more
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UNDERCOVER // Shloime Zionce Goes Undercover at a Pro Palestinian Rally
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by Shloime Zionce
2w ago
When Palestinians and their supporters gather for a protest in the streets of Austin, Texas, a disguised Shloime Zionce hides in plain sight, mingling with the crowd to get an exclusive insider view of their ambitions and tactics. It’s a bright and sunny day in the Texas capital city of Austin, when two masked men emerge from a nondescript parked gray minivan, wearing keffiyehs over their shoulders. They look around nervously, surveying the growing crowd of people flocking to the Texas State Capitol building. One of the men is sporting a watermelon-themed bucket hat is sporting a red T-shirt ..read more
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Israel in the World Court // A conversation with International Law Professor Yuval Shany
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by Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter
2w ago
While Israel’s main fight in recent days has been on the ground in Gaza, the country has also been in engaged in several courtroom conflicts at the same time. Most recently, a ruling in the International Court of Justice about Israel’s military action in Rafah has created questions about how Israel will press forward in that region of Gaza. The ruling, released on Friday, was in response to demands by South Africa that the ICJ order Israel to stop fighting there. But what the ruling actually required Israel to do was left somewhat ambiguous, with law experts, including some of the judges of t ..read more
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