Inyan Magazine

Surprise Beginnings — Yom Tov In Der Vochen

His childhood in Davyd-Haradok, Belarus, could be described as that of a living orphan. While his mother, Sarah, and his grandfather, Reb Dovid Meir Litvak, the shochet in town, did…

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Restoring the Crown to Its Former Glory

“I am not the type of Rabbi that your congregation wants,” was the adamant response. The group was somewhat stunned. Although he had been part of Young Shaarei Zion for…

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Surprise Beginnings — Shining Star

Zussman was unusual for a boy born in 5653/1893 in New York. His father, Reb Yosef, was one of the rare people who had been granted permission by his Rebbi,…

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Escape! Saved by a Polish Train Driver

“I will hide My face from them on that day” (Devarim 31:18). The darkness and hester panim engulfed at least six million of Klal Yisrael. But there were rays of…

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Jews Say Hi in Dubai

Ross Kriel began traveling from his home in South Africa to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to his global French company’s headquarters in 2008. After a few years, his boss…

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Teaming Up

The New Forest National Park is one of the largest expanses of natural forest and heathland in England, and it was where Reb Chaim Katz planned on taking the group…

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A Burning Issue

As the West Coast director of The National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK), headed by Rabbi Elchonon Zohn, Robin Meyerson has no shortage of sagas to share about educating the…

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Dare Not Be Silent!

Rabbi Tzvi (Harry) Bronstein’s Campaign to Perform Bris Milah Behind the Iron Curtain “Ki alecha horagnu kol hayom — For we had been killed for You the entire day [Tehillim…

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Through the Eyes of a Gadol

‘She should cry. Crying should help.’ Guidance about technology from Hagaon Harav Gershon Edelstein, shlita, Rosh Hayeshivah, Yeshivas Ponevezh An opportunity to speak with a revered Torah leader whose words…

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A Machzor: A Legacy

The mystique behind a 600-year-old treasure Erev Shabbos, 29 Av — Friday, August 5, 1842. Over the din of bustling servants, the elderly Shlomo von Rothschild motions for his son…

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Hijacked! TWA Flight 741 Revisited After 50 Years

An exclusive talk with Rabbanit [Carole] Raful and her family, survivors of the hijacking. Sukkos 5731 (1970). The talmidim gathered in the sukkah as they had every year, waiting anxiously…

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Big Tent vs. Little Tents: A COVID-19 Shul Saga

The scenario has played out in several new neighborhoods that have attracted an influx of people from different backgrounds. As the residents begin forming the infrastructure of a kehillah, decisions…

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Shofar, Shabbos and Kedushah

It’s been a while! Eleven years since Rosh Hashanah last fell on a Shabbos. Each time it occurs we are astounded by the extraordinary gezeirah of Chazal enjoining us to…

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