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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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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movemen
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
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?”