Inyan Magazine

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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Two Points! Nonfiction

A couple of years after graduating from yeshivah high school and not finding satisfaction in the restaurant business or in teaching phys-ed, I decided to give learning another chance. The…

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The Lost Letters

The Misplaced Prague Mailbag of Nov. 22, 1619 If historians of tomorrow would one day stumble across some of the phone recordings, Zoom meetings, and email exchanges of today, what…

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GALLERY: An Interview With Hava Sebbag

Her Journeys From France to Eretz Yisrael, Gibraltar and London Artist Hava Sebbag (née Fhima) has led an interesting life in several parts of the world. She was born in…

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Old Story, New Locale: Blue Mask of Shame

Bruno Dey was just 17 years old when he stood guard atop a watchtower in the Stutthof concentration camp near Danzig, Poland. His recent conviction in a German court for…

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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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