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Yisroel Besser

Like Seeds of a Pomegranate


“I wanted to share some of what I’ve seen, the grandeur and glory of our nation, the depth and dignity, sincerity and humility. To transmit what I’ve heard, the many notes and cadences of the same song, the chorus of ‘Ki anu amecha v’Atah Elokeinu — For we are Your nation and You are our G-d.’”

Yisroel Besser is a leading contemporary journalist whose purview extends beyond the day-to-day and into the realms of the extraordinary. Through his gifted pen, he shares glimpses of gedolim of yesterday and today, allowing us to experience the fatherly caress of Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the clear mind of the Chazon Ish, the passion of the Ponevezher Rav, the fire of Rav Shlomo Freifeld, and so many more — names we’ve heard and names we haven’t, yet each of whom has an important message for us, their spiritual descendants.

In the pages of Like Seeds of a Pomegranate, we join Rabbi Besser on his travels throughout the frum world, encountering roshei yeshivah and simple fishermen, chassidishe Rebbes and Israeli prisoners, kiruv workers and renowned musicians. From Eretz Yisrael to America, across the European continent, and even to the Far East, we are inspired and uplifted by stories of kiddush Hashem, emunah, tefillah, a love for Torah and for klal Yisrael, a zeal for tzedakah and chesed. We read of the extent of a rebbe’s responsibility for his talmid, ultimately saving his life; the unswerving dedication of a young widow to her children’s chinuch, even in the deprivation of the concentration camps; the chesed done for a blind neighbor that restores a doctor’s faith in humanity. We read, and we identify.

This memorable, thought-provoking book rearms for us the nobility of our brothers and sisters — and even ourselves. We are a great people, and we are composed of great people, filled with merits as a pomegranate is filled with seeds. This book is but a reminder of who we are.