Inyan Magazine

The Cemetery Chuppah: A Not-So-Novel Simchah

The wedding hall canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown — what now? While most young couples successfully relocated their chasunos to backyards, driveways and living rooms, on Wednesday, March 18,…

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Corona and Simchos

I am awaiting the chasunah of my first grandchild and, at the time of this writing, have no idea where and when it will be. What I do know is…

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Between the Tower and the Sea

V’yachanu … Bein Migdol U’vein Hayam (Beshalach 14:2) Twelve Shevatim — Twelve Paths “L’gozer Yam Suf l’gezarim — He split the Yam Suf into segments” (Tehillim 136:13). The Midrash Tanchuma says…

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Rabbi, Scholar, Editor, Novelist

The Multifaceted Legacy of Rabbi Dr. Marcus Meir Lehmann Mention the name Marcus Lehmann and you’ll get the immediate response, “I grew up with his novels!” Thrilling titles such as…

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Seder Minhagim from Sephardic Lands

It was the first Pesach after I got married, and I was a bit apprehensive about spending the Sedarim with my in-laws. As much as they always made me feel…

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Reaching to Heaven on the Ladder of Yaakov

“Behold, a ladder was stationed on the ground and its top reached the heavens…” (Bereishis 28:12). The Torah tells us how in his dream, Yaakov Avinu beheld a ladder rooted…

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Concerned Without Interest

As Harav Avraham Pam, zt”l, would begin his shmuess for Parashas Mishpatim, he would relate that there had been a minhag in Europe that on this Shabbos, when the parashah…

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In the Genes: Past and Future Intertwined

The storm raged as torrents of rain cascaded down from the sky. Rabbi Yonason Bleier left his office and retired for the night, expecting to return to continue with his…

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Budapest Bridges Jewish Past and Future

Budapest. A city that evokes nostalgia in anyone of Hungarian descent. We might be the third or fourth generation living in another country, and yet the sentiment of an “Ungarisher…

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We Are All One Family

The central role of family in Jewish life is obvious. The “Yiddishe Mamme” is not only a world-class melody, it expresses a mindset. It is worthwhile to explore whether our…

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And His Birthplace Was Bendin

A Conversation With Hagaon Harav Yitzchok Zilberstein The Bendiner Rav said, “You make a small effort, and Above there will be an effort on your behalf.” Harav Yitzchok Zilberstein, one of…

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Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder

“Ulekachtem lachem pri etz hadar…” The Torah does not specify the exact species of fruit that is taken on Sukkos, yet the Rambam in his introduction to Pirush Hamishnayos writes…

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Zman Simchaseinu: An Opportunity for True Joy

Harav Elya Brudny, Shlita, Shares His Insights by Rabbi Binyomin Zev Karman with Rabbi Avraham Y. Heschel During Elul zman in yeshivos around the world, the Roshei Yeshivah and Maggidei Shiur…

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Songs of Sephardim: Timeless Tunes and Tefillot

The hazzan stands by the amud in the center of the Knesset surrounded by his two somchim, who assist him during designated parts of the prayers. Like Moshe Rabbeinu, Aharon…

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Special Counselors, Special Campers

Whenever Ronnie Greenwald, z”l, the founder and director of Camp Sternberg, proposed a new idea to his Board of Directors, they expected to hear something “out of the box.” But…

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