The recently deceased rabbi is best known for his Talmud - but his Jewish Center in Moscow was essential to post-Soviet Jewish life.
Making sirniki, or Russian cheese pancakes, for Shavuot
Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef accused the state of deliberately inviting Soviet immigrants to Israel to weaken the political power of the haredi Orthodox.
A child chess prodigy, he kept himself sane in solitary confinement by playing chess in his mind: “I played thousands of games, and I won them all.”
When Masha Kisel’s Russian parents sent her to a Jewish sleepaway camp in the United States, she was bullied in all sorts of ways.
In Russia, food was actually a lot better. Peasant food is better for you.
Saturday mornings are busy in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay neighborhood, as residents run errands and grab meals. The Underground Boxing Gym on Avenue X is strangely quiet, though. No one is sparring in the ring, or punching the heavy bags that hang from the ceiling, as they are Sunday through Friday.
It’s not a Christmas tree. It’s a ‘yolka’.
“We have kept together because we understand each other like no one else can, or ever will.”
“Nu, I am not a hero. I am an engineer. It had to be done.”