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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Threaded with Care

By Peri Wechsler / December 21, 2023 / 0 Comments

A Visit with Shatnez Expert Rabbi Yosef Sayagh M. Brejt Piles of woolen coats. Crisply folded button-down shirts. Everywhere you look, there are racks and shelves full of suits, sweaters, coats, scarves, and even hats. Tickets and labels abound, and a microscope sits on a desk next to various material samples. From Rabbi Yosef Sayagh’s […]

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Losing to Gain

By Peri Wechsler / December 14, 2023 / 0 Comments

Are Weight Loss Medications the New Norm? M. Brejt Sometimes, effort is not enough. Weight loss has long been touted as the results of sheer willpower, but recent research wonders if that’s really true. So many factors play into weight management, and lately there has been a wave of options for those looking to lose […]

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The Art That Blinds Us

By Peri Wechsler / December 7, 2023 / 0 Comments

R. Silver Once upon a time, it would have been unheard of. Not anymore. In the heart of a busy Lakewood plaza, with customers rushing back and forth, is an oasis of serenity, talent, and beauty. Passersby pause as they walk by, glance at the window, and then hesitantly open the door and walk into […]

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