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Taming South Africa's Urban Jungle

Yonoson Rosenblum

Whether the problem is high crime rates or incursions into traditional Torah Judaism, Rabbi Warren Goldstein, South Africa’s young and energetic chief rabbi, isn’t afraid to take a stand. Indeed, his unwavering belief in the Torah’s ability to provide solutions to modern-day challenges has earned him the admiration of both high-ranking government officials and a broad cross section of South Africa’s kehillah.

 

Turnabout Is Fair Play

Binyamin Rose

The Jewish vote has always been a powerful force in American politics, but its strength was particularly apparent in one of the biggest upsets in recent history in a Congressional race that captured national news headlines.

 

Reverberations

David Damen, Belgium

Auschwitz was memorializing the millions of Jews who had been asphyxiated in its gas chambers and incinerated in its smoke stacks. A powerful voice rent the silence, chanting Kel Malei Rachamim in the familiar modulation. “The skies were covered with thick clouds; the atmosphere was oppressive,” recalled Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, shlita. “But when Chazan Binyamin Muller stood up to recite Kel Malei Rachamim, the clouds began to disperse and rays of sun penetrated to warm the aching hear

 

Silent Shots

Eliezer Shulman

They don’t seek honor, although they are true heroes — and no one even knows who they are. The Israeli anti-terror special forces unit, the Yamam, has been keeping Israel a safer place for close to forty years, rescuing hostages, nabbing bombers minutes before detonation, and settling the score with arch-terrorists. And when they lose one of their own, it’s just part of what they signed up for — may they always be protected.

 

All Charged Up, But Is It Ready To Go?

Avi Friedman

Not so long ago, electric cars were the stuff of science fiction. But if Better Place, the Israeli start-up company at the forefront of the electric car revolution, has its way, the electric car will replace its gas-guzzling counterpart in the not so very distant future. Mishpacha’s Avi Friedman does a test drive of both the car and the concept.



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Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
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And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
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Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
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Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you