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With Passion and Precision

By Peri Wechsler / February 29, 2024 / 0 Comments

Longtime mohel Rabbi Shlomo Golish discusses his sacred craft M. Brejt It’s the most important moment in a child’s life, but one he’ll never remember. It’s a fleeting cry of pain amid shouts of joy. It’s a celebration of a new start that’s part of the longest chain in our history. “Zeh hakatan gadol yihyeh…” […]

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An Oasis in the Desert

By Peri Wechsler / February 22, 2024 / 0 Comments

A Conversation with Relief Director Rabbi Binyomin Babad Zahava Emanuel Until about 20 years ago, Rabbi Binyomin Babad’s résumé looked fairly typical: yeshivah, kollel, a stint at Agudah. So what convinced a Lakewood yungerman to get into the mental health field two decades ago, before therapy was a buzzword? And what caused him to open […]

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Center Stage

By Peri Wechsler / February 15, 2024 / 0 Comments

The Voice of Lakewood Presents… The High School Play A Drama in Three Acts S. Pruzansky Cast of characters Tenth-grade teacher and sewing head: Sari Weinman* Ninth-grade teacher: Leah Kleinman* Twelfth-grade teacher: Rivky Rudel* Mother of the main part: Chaya Rivka Katz* Mother of three high school girls: Esther Shreiber* Play director: Chani Panish Ninth-grade […]

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Portrait of a Gadol

By Peri Wechsler / February 8, 2024 / 0 Comments

Rav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, Rosh Yeshivas Slabodka, Visits Lakewood Aharon Hirsh Cohen Photos: Langsam Studios, Zvi Wolf In the week of kabbalas haTorah, Lakewood had the honor of hosting one of the great marbitzei Torah of Eretz Yisrael, Rav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, rosh yeshivas Slabodka. This year’s visit was a particular simchah since the Rosh […]

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History in the Making

By Peri Wechsler / February 1, 2024 / 0 Comments

Kollel Cheshek Shlomo Is Revolutionizing Affordable Housing for Yungerleit Yisroel Kahan Planning board meetings are perhaps best known for mundanity. They are a bastion of bureaucratic banality where the thrill of zoning regulations and land use ordinances typically sends even the most ardent civic enthusiasts running for the hills. The gatherings, often shrouded in an […]

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Energizing and Revitalizing

By Peri Wechsler / January 25, 2024 / 0 Comments

Feel Your Best with Hydra IV Ruchama Schnaidman Do you know Sarah Greenwald (or someone like her)? She’s a regular, devoted Lakewood mother of six with another baby on the way. On a normal day, Sarah spends every waking hour racing between work, school buses, grocery shopping, meal prepping, toddler watching, and laundry washing. She […]

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Empathy in Action

By Peri Wechsler / January 18, 2024 / 0 Comments

In his quest to enhance senior services, Avi Schnall tours a local rehab center. Elisheva Braun When Agudath Israel’s New Jersey director threw his black hat into the rink, the news made headlines. As evidenced by the paper-the-town marketing campaign backed by major rabbanim and the fascinated coverage by all types of media, Avi Schnall’s […]

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To Elevate the Nation

By Peri Wechsler / January 11, 2024 / 0 Comments

The Mashgiach Rav Matisyahu Solomon Zt”l Y. Strauss It was a brisk and sunny day; a strong autumn gust caused the dried leaves to swirl through the mostly deserted Lakewood streets. Inside in the Yoshon beis medrash of Bais Medrash Govoha, thousands of bnei Torah stood somberly to give the kavod ha’acharon to their beloved […]

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Rav Matisyahu Salomon Zt”l

By Peri Wechsler / January 4, 2024 / 0 Comments

Paragon of Shleimus Tribute to Rav Matisyahu Salomon Zt”l, Mashgiach of BMG Meir Kass The world of Jewry was plunged into mourning late Tuesday night as word quickly spread of the petirah of the venerated BMG mashgiach Rav Matisyahu Salomon zt”l at the age of 86. The Mashgiach devoted his life to bettering the lives […]

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Golden Years in Lakewood

By Peri Wechsler / December 28, 2023 / 0 Comments

How do Lakewood’s seniors—especially our newcomers—find meaning and belonging here? Elisheva Braun Rocking chairs in golden sunlight. Grandchildren on the knee. Coffee (tea?) and a crossword puzzle. It’s the golden years. What’s it really like living in Lakewood as a senior? With seniors from all over the country descending on Lakewood by the thousands, how […]

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