Before the horrors of the Holocaust began, Rabbi Shapira had become the advocate for Peasecod, the many young people who were struggling with the meaning of the ancient texts and their own identities as traditional Jews.
During their various escapes across borders with other fleeing refugees, they were strafed by machine-gun fire from airplanes flying low overhead and witnessed others being shot and killed.
Today I can’t tell you what his speech was, Frank said, but I can tell you, I was blown away. It was the most erudite speech...
Moish Inker said that you had a photographic mind and everything about you was Torah.
Even when I was a young girl he cared so much. He would look at me with his blue eyes, and in his calm tone offer warm words of chizuk.
He personified a gentle, soft spoken soul who cared so much about every one, and especially about the land of Israel.
There wasn’t anything that I was afraid to ask my mother, and no matter the question she always gave me the honest answer.
Your kindness and compassion to your patients and everyone you came in contact with, has been the impetus for my acts of chesed and gentle, comforting words.
It never ceases to amaze how someone who endured such horror and tragedy as a teenager can emerge from the ashes and accomplish so much.
One of his most lasting educational messages is that the best form of classroom management was a lesson that was intellectually engaging and personally meaningful for the students.
My father had an amazing ability to speak to anyone about anything. No matter how old or young, he could connect. He would come to services thirty minutes early and spend time speaking to the congregants.
Rabbi Tendler was the wittiest teacher I had at Yeshiva University – secular or holy... Like a baseball pitcher tipping off which pitch would come next, he used to form a subtle expression on his face just as he was about to come up with a wisecrack.
Decades ago, the Orthodox got no respect. There was this sense that modern science contradicted the Torah. Rav Tendler made a huge Kiddush Hashem by disproving that notion, said Rabbi Hershel Schachter.
With his friendship with YU and loyalty to the cause of Soviet Jewry, it is easy to see why Rabbi Halpern aligned himself with the Triple-S-J even when it was a fledgling organization and advocated for others to participate in its efforts.
For 45 years Reb Yoel taught Chassidus in Boro Park to chasidim of Belz, Bobov, Boyan, Klausenburg, Ger, Satmar and Vishnitz. He was highly respectful of their approach and taught them to be more appreciative of their Chassidus.
Among them was Aryeh Abramov, 17, who was to leave for a year in Israel two days later. “He was an all-around good person,” Abramov said, “he gave to all of us by always making the minyan, so it’s nice that I can be here and make a minyan for him.”
As Rav Ruderman explained to Professor William Helmreich in a January 1978 interview, “College gives a person parnossah. We find that our boys stay with learning longer this way. They don’t have to kill themselves for a job.
Mrs. Davidson always made me feel supremely comfortable, accommodated my peculiar eating habits, and talked to me about school and even politics as if I were 32 rather than 12.
A surprised friend remarked, “I didn’t know your mother was a shadchan.” She wasn’t. She just instinctively helped everyone she could in the way it was most needed – and sometimes that was a shidduch.
My father sought out truth and insisted on telling the truth even at the cost of lost accounts. He always did the right thing even if it was not popular.
Chaim (not his real name), a frum addict in recovery, told The Jewish Press that he'd probably be dead were it not for Rabbi Twerski.
He wouldn't lean back on a chair so as not to enjoy the comforts of this world.
To describe Rabbi Henkin by that singular – albeit incredible – accomplishment of advanced Torah study for women would be incomplete, to say the least.
The Jewish People and the State of Israel lost a true giant this week with the passing of Moshe “Moshko” Moskowitz Z”L, who died at the age of 96.
Last year, Goldfarb rushed down the eastern seaboard to Elmhurst Hospital in New York to assist overwhelmed staff with treating coronavirus patients.
One of my Jewish doctors explained to me that the bark of the willow tree was used as a pain reliever. This got me thinking that even an aravah can have a good influence.
For the sake of peace, we are trying to be silent, and peace is very important. But I fear that is not the way you would want us to be.
Even as close friends grappled with the temptation [to smoke], I was untroubled, having been immunized by this great teacher of our generation who doubled as a surrogate grandfather for the children of his students.
Speaking of her feelings for Israel, Irene says, ‘my heart always beats a little faster, and I experience a moment of inner joy, when I land in Lod Airport and feel the ground of Israel under me.’
There were times when I was carrying out these duties while laden with personal problems that I was able to approach him and ask for a beracha. They always worked.