By B. B. Bashevkin  |  Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Listen my friend and you will hear

A story that’s caused many to shed a tear

And while it happened so long ago

We’re still here in golus with nowhere to go
By C. B. Weinfeld  |  Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Rabbi Jonathon Gewirtz, a regular contributor to the Front Page Magazine, has an expansive smile and a heart as big as Mount Everest. I made his acquaintance a couple of weeks ago, when he personally came to my home on an errand for a friend in Tennessee. Gewirtz regaled us with stories of the people he’s met, the places he’s been, and the hashgochah he personally witnesses all the time.

Those who look for mitzvos tend to find them. The more we chase after chasodim, they more often they will come our way.
By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz  |  Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The onset of Tammuz and Av bring with them a creeping sense of uneasiness and worry, a result of so many tragedies throughout the generations during the three-week period between Shivah Assar B’Tammuz and Tisha B’Av.

Every year, as the Three Weeks and the Nine Days approach, we fear what the news will bring. Ever since our people cried for naught in the desert, they have been marked for tragedy. Ever since the meraglim maligned Eretz Yisroel, our people have looked at this period with somber trepidation. Every year, we pray that this year will be different. Unfailingly, the noose of the golus tightens during this mournful period.
By Rabbi Yechiel Spero  |  Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler a”h, the matriarch of Bais Medrash Govoah, the eim hamalchus, the mother of Torah royalty, is gone.

My mind drifts. I picture a scene from many, many years ago. After 24 consecutive years of learning, while amassing 24,000 talmidim, Rabi Akiva finally returns home. The multitudes gather to show their respect, as one woman, Rochel, struggles to make her way through the crowd. At that moment, Rabi Akiva utters those epic words, the axiom for every ishah kesheirah: “Sheli veshelachem shelah hu – What is mine and what is yours is all from her” (Kesubos 63a).

In the English vernacular, we owe her everything.
By Rav Yaakov Feitman  |  Wednesday, July 22, 2015
There are two days on our calendar that seem very similar. Both Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av share being a fast day and a number of other prohibitions. Yet, every Jew knows instinctively that there is a profound difference between the two. How do we define this distinction? My rebbi, Rav Yitzchok Hutner zt”l, put it succinctly: “Tisha B’Av, ver ken essen, who can eat? Yom Kippur, ver darf essen, who needs to eat?” Clearly, Tisha B’Av seems to be the worst day of the Jewish year. On Yom Kippur, we are like angels; on Tisha B’Av, we seem lower than the rest of humanity. Yet, there is a mystery hidden inside the misery: “On Tisha B’Av, Moshiach is born” (Yerushalmi, Brachos 2:4; Aggadas Bereishis 68; Pesichah to Esther Rabbah 11). How can this be? Is it the worst of days or the best of days? Let us explore.
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