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Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff

The Hug That Changed a Rabbi

My life was to change more than I realized on the night of my wedding. The prevalent custom was that the groom delivered a learned Talmudic discourse either before or after the signing of the ketubah. Generally, the groom would be interrupted by the spirited singing of his friends. Even if the groom wished to

The Encyclopedia and the Kotel

In 1968, in the wake of the Six-Day War, we registered for the Rabbinical Council of America summer tour of the Holy Land. We arranged for our youngest daughter to stay with Malkah’s parents, Ceil and Sam Grund. Our two elder daughters, seven and five at the time, accompanied us. We traversed the length and

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