Hours After the Rosh Yeshiva’s Home Burned Down, Here’s What He Told His Community (6-Minute Audio)

Hours After the Rosh Yeshiva’s Home Burned Down, Here’s What He Told His Community (6-Minute Audio)

Last Thursday night, the Jewish community of Johannesberg was rocked by news of a fire that had burned down the home of rosh yeshiva and community Rabbi Yechezkel and Rebbetzin Hadassah Auerbach. Early the following morning Rabbi Yechezkel shared these deeply inspiring reflections.

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A Fire Destroyed the Home of my Family and the Heart of our Community by Breindy Klawanksy

A Fire Destroyed the Home of my Family and the Heart of our Community by Breindy Klawanksy

[This past Thursday, a gas-heater explosion burned down the family home of Johannesburg community rabbi and Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Yechezkel and Rebbetzin Hadassah Auerbach. B”H, there were no injuries. In this poem, daughter Breindy reminisces about what their home meant to the Auerbach’s 10 children and to their entire community]. I’m mourning for the walls. […]

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Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah Miracles

Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah Miracles

Yoel’s lickety-split aliya l’Torah this past Shabbat was beautiful. Yoel read his aliya nicely and we were all so happy to be able to celebrate afterward at a small kiddush with friends and neighbors. In my eyes, on the continuum between boy and man, this Shabbat seems to have moved Yoel a notch man-ward, b”H. […]

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The 1st Things I Did After My Husband was Put on Unpaid Leave

The 1st Things I Did After My Husband was Put on Unpaid Leave

My husband has been receiving a salary from the same institution for 21 years. Until the outbreak of the coronavirus, when he joined tens of millions of other people on involuntary unpaid leave. Over the course of those 21 years, his salary was deposited every single month, without fail. And all of a sudden, it […]

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Back to School

Back to School

Yesterday morning, on the last day of the 2-month-old Weisberg homeschool, my 5-year-old Yoni plopped himself down onto a fluffy pillow lying outside my bedroom. And then he luxuriously closed his eyes and exclaimed, “Eema, this pillow is so comfortable. It’s as comfortable as…you!” I laughed SO hard that my pillowy post-quarantine belly jiggled with […]

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The Girl from an Ethiopian Village is becoming Israel’s Minister of Absorption

The Girl from an Ethiopian Village is becoming Israel’s Minister of Absorption Read More