Remembering R’ Yossi Basker

By Peri Wechsler / July 11, 2024 / 0 Comments

The Ultimate Achrayus M. Brejt Lakewood lost one of its hidden gems last week when R’ Yossi Basker, a teacher in many yeshivos, most recently in Orchos Chaim and Rabbi Witty’s yeshivah, was niftar on 24 Sivan. Yossi was a husband, a father, a friend, a teacher, and a neighbor, but those titles don’t do […]

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Illuminating and Uplifting the Generation

By Peri Wechsler / July 4, 2024 / 0 Comments

The Kossover Rebbe, Rav Shraga Hager Zt”l Strauss We are an eternal people. Included in that guarantee is that every generation will have great people to lead, inspire, elevate, and teach. “Amad v’shaslan b’chol dor”—Hakadosh Baruch Hu planted these tzaddikim in each generation according to the generation’s specific needs. Greatness has many forms. Gedolim baTorah […]

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Reigniting The Flame

By Peri Wechsler / June 27, 2024 / 0 Comments

Rav Moshe Wolfson Zt”l, Mashgiach Yeshiva Torah Vodaath and Rav D’Khal Emunas Yisrael R’ Yechezkel Ostreicher The young, sincere bachur entered Rav Moshe Wolfson’s room looking for advice. Soon after, he left with a profound new perspective on life. He had been listening to the Mashgiach’s schmuessen and had developed a desire to learn Midrash, […]

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Golden Age

By Peri Wechsler / June 20, 2024 / 0 Comments

Name: Mrs. Shulamis Tress Year moved to Lakewood: 2018 From: Monsey Current location: Carasaljo, near South Lake Drive Job: retired   An ingathering “It’s an ingathering from all over,” is how Mrs. Shulamis Tress describes the burgeoning community of seniors streaming into Lakewood. A six-year full-time resident, this retired mother and bubby brims with joy […]

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Beyond the Pulpit

By Peri Wechsler / June 7, 2024 / 0 Comments

Why so many don’t have a rav and what we can do about it Elisheva Braun He sits framed by overflowing bookshelves. He steeples his fingers and strokes them through his flowing, snow-white beard. His gaze is piercing yet compassionate as he weaves eloquent answers, filling paragraphs with prose. (The archetypal rav, novelist rendering)   […]

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Circle of Healing

By Peri Wechsler / May 30, 2024 / 0 Comments

Hand in hand, Yad B’Yad members support each other through shared struggles Elisheva Braun Bills, bedtime, Yom Tov seudos, there’s nothing predictable in her world. None of it can be taken for granted. There may be sulking stares, outraged, outrageous accusations, or a tsunami of tears. There may be no one to talk to at […]

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Strawberry-Lime Mocktail

By Peri Wechsler / May 23, 2024 / 0 Comments

Recipe, styling, and photography by Faigy Murray Fresh summer drinks are all the rage right now, and they’re especially perfect for an upsherin. This super-easy three ingredient drink isn’t only extremely quick to put together, it’s also bursting with flavor. The frozen strawberries keep the drink cold for a long time.   Yield: 16 cups […]

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Pull-Apart Garlic-Herb Bread

By Peri Wechsler / May 16, 2024 / 0 Comments

Light, fluffy, and full of incredible flavor. This bread is something that you’ll look forward to enjoying.   Yield: 6–8 servings   Dough: 2 teaspoons dry yeast 3 tablespoons plus ¼ teaspoon sugar, divided 1¼ cup warm water, divided 4 tablespoons oil, plus more for brushing 3 large eggs 4½ cups flour 1 tablespoon kosher […]

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S’mores Pockets

By Peri Wechsler / May 9, 2024 / 0 Comments

Yeast dough wrapped around marshmallows and chocolate… Why on earth not? Not only is it incredibly simple to make, but it’s also a fun project to do with kids.   Yield: 35–40 pockets   Ingredients: Yeast dough (recipe above) 2 cups chocolate chips, cappuccino chips, or chocolate bars 40 marshmallows 1 jar lotus butter, Nutella, […]

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Traveling through our Legacy

By Peri Wechsler / April 18, 2024 / 0 Comments

Behind the book with Rabbi Yosef Deutsch, Author of the Let My Nation series Brejt | Photos by Jacob Elbogen Hashem’s hand is everywhere. His presence is obvious in the big and the grandiose, in the endless array of punishments inflicted on our enemies, in the crash of the waves as they split and pulled […]

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