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Is That Shofar Kosher?

Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff

Shofars come in many different sizes and prices, and they can be bought in many different places. But is that shofar on sale at Amazon.com fit for use on Rosh HaShanah? And if a shofar does need a hechsher, what should that kashrus certificate cover?

 

Advocates at the Gate of Mercy

Mishpacha Staff

In Brooklyn, in Bnei Brak, in Gateshead and Uman, in humble shuls and grand batei medrash across the world, a cadre of baalei tefillah will stand before their congregations and send their voices soaring Heavenward, lifting the hearts of the listeners as they plead for a blessed new year. Their traditions, accents and melodies are unique. But together, the voices create a single symphony that coronates the King.

 

Broken, but Still Beloved

Rachel Ginsberg

For the past thirty-five years, Rabbi Moshe Lerer has been witnessing hopeless people transformed: mental-hospital patients who have been institutionalized for the better part of their lives, thinking they have utterly failed in deserving Divine mercy, finally finding some solace in the realization that they are still beloved in G-d’s eyes.

 

Taking Stock

Shimmy Blum

As the heavenly ledgers are opened, our deeds weighed, and our monetary allotment for the upcoming year determined, Rav Yitzchok Sorotzkin probes the budgetary priorities of a society grappling to find financial clarity



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Hidden Special Needs
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Dear Wealthy Friend
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