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Tasting Reality, Connecting To Self

Eytan Kobre

Yes, I know, mere weeks before Pesach, one simply must pose questions only in sets of four. If you don’t believe me, just peruse the ads co-opting the “Four Questions” (and many other aspects of this heilige Yom Tov) to purvey one or another consumer product. But with apologies, we’ll begin our exploration of Pesach themes with only two queries, and leave the Fihr Kashyos where they belong, in the trusted hands of our tinokos shel beis rabban.

 

Appreciating Rabbi Moshe Grylak

Jonathan Rosenblum

It suddenly hit me last week as I was reading Rabbi Moshe Grylak’s latest piece on emunah how terribly unappreciated he is. Because he has been turning out penetrating columns on a regular basis for over forty years we have come to take him for granted. In our minds, that’s his job: to force us to think a little more deeply and clearly. And after a while one just comes to expect him to keep doing his job.

 

There are no Words

Azriela Jaffe

When I am not writing for Mishpacha, I am writing family-commissioned holocaust memoirs. I am hired by a family who, Baruch Hashem, has a surviving matriarch or patriarch who has merited to seemany grandchildren and great grandchildren rebuild their decimated family tree. One of these memoirs I wrote about the esteemed Mrs. Esther Schonkopf of Lawrence, NY, who became one of my favorite people on the planet once I got to know her and her equally outstanding family.

 

The Ultimate Cure for Hoarders

Barbara Bensoussan

Mishpacha writers all have our “personal favorite” articles, and one of the pieces I most enjoyed doing this year for Mishpacha was the article on hoarding. The idea actually grew out of a conversation with my non-observant Partner in Torah, who watches quite a bit of television and told me about popular reality shows in which crews come to forklift piles of junk out of hoarders’ homes.

 

The 11th Question with Eli Gerstner

Rachel Bachrach

Eli Gerstner is pretty much always in session. When he’s not, he’s writing music for a concert. Overseeing design work for CD jackets. Directing a cappella arrangements. Singing at weddings. And the list goes on.

 

Split Ends

Riva Pomerantz

A Friday night guest felt compelled to serve me up a post-chicken helping of this succinct piece of advice: Make Gila divorce Mottie. If you’ve been following my serialized story, Charades, you’ll know exactly who Gila and Mottie are and also exactly why my earnest young guest wanted them to get divorced. For those who need a bit of insider information, Mottie is an abusive husband who ran away from his family and community after making an error with grave ramifications, rather than face his mistakes.

 

There are no Words

Azriela Jaffe

When I am not writing for Mishpacha, I am writing family-commissioned holocaust memoirs. I am hired by a family who, Baruch Hashem, has a surviving matriarch or patriarch who has merited to see many grandchildren and great grandchildren rebuild their decimated family tree. One of these memoirs I wrote about the esteemed Mrs. Esther Schonkopf of Lawrence, NY, who became one of my favorite people on the planet once I got to know her and her equally outstanding family.

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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Take 5: John Sculley
Michal Stein The former CEO of Pepsi, Apple, and now RxAdvance on his...
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”