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The Tree of Life Grows in Moscow

Yisroel Besser

When Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt and his wife, Dara, set out for a one-year trial in Moscow’s rabbinate, they saw it as an adventure. Born in Switzerland, educated in Bnei Brak, beneficiary of Telsher reservoirs and Rabbi Naftali Neuberger’s diplomatic savvy, Rabbi Goldschmidt brought a unique skill set to Russia. Years later, he sees Moscow as home. And the dry bark of a ravaged nation — so deprived that, of a million Jews, just a minyan knew alef beis — has blossomed with a forest of new saplings.

 

Hang Onto Your House

Refoel Pride

The legal details of foreclosure vary from state to state, but the process follows the same grim outline everywhere. After the homeowner misses several monthly payments, the bank can take away the house. Millions of Americans are facing a dire struggle to remain in their homes, as the waves of the economy keep pushing them “underwater” – when the value of their homes dips below the balance they owe on their mortgages. Is there any way to bail out, and anyone to trust in the process?

 

White House Dreamers

Nehemia Horowitz

While fewer than four dozen men have actually ever made it to the White House, that hasn’t deterred a bumper crop of little-known third-party and independent candidates who pulled enough signatures to make their bid for the Oval Office. The field includes “Average Joe the House Painter,” college football coach Robby Wells, a gardener named Samuel “Uncle Sam” Powell, retired US army officer “Mad Max” Riekse, numerous businessmen, a truck driver, and a flight attendant — but who’s looking at credentials?

 

As the Sap Rises

Mishpacha Staff

How did a kollel man from Chicago from Chicago become an expert on trees? Follow Rabbi Mordechai Millunchick as he takes us on a tour, not only of some of the most obscure plants and trees, but of our very own tree-like essence.

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Something from Nothing
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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?”