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Yisroel Besser: How to Share Jewish Stories



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In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we talk to Yisroel Besser, who authored many rabbinic biographies and brought David Bashevkin to Mishpacha magazine, about sharing Jewish stories.

During his prolific career, Yisroel has written about Jewish lives with an eye for the good—and encouraged others along the way. In this episode we discuss:

  • How does Yisroel go about writing a rabbi’s biography?
  • What is the difference between “Shabbos for children” and “Shabbos for grown-ups”?
  • What unexpected topic does Yisroel wish he could write about?
Tune in to hear a conversation about looking at others with “beautiful eyes,” to tell their stories with a capacity to uplift.

Interview begins at 19:44.

Yisroel Besser is an author and journalist. Yisroel writes for Mishpacha magazine, and has authored several books, such as Reb Shayele: The Warmth and Wonder of Kerestir, The Tosher Rebbe, and Reb Leizer – The life and legacy of Rabbi Eliezer Geldzahler, among others. Yisroel joins us to talk about how we share Jewish stories.


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