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Survival of the Frummest

Eytan Kobre

We might have suspected it all along, but now a new Gallup survey proves it: faith enhances quality of life. The two-year-long survey based on close to 700,000 interviews compared people’s wellbeing with their self-defined religious adherence, and discovered that Jews — and Mormons — are faring better than the rest.

 

Greatness by the Book

Mishpacha Staff

A staple of the Orthodox Jewish community’s reading list is the “gadol biography,” an account of the life of a great man (and less commonly, woman). We asked several of Mishpacha’s writers, all of whom have written or contributed to such works, to respond to some of the questions this literary genre raises. Responding: Rabbi Moshe Grylak… Worth the Words | Yonoson Rosenblum… It’s About the Struggle | Yisroel Besser… Greatness and Normalcy Don’t Clash | Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz… Never Say Always

 

Ghana’s Mystery Tribe

Yitzchak Carmeli, Ghana, Africa

In one of the remote corners of Africa, among coconut orchards and banana fields, lives an isolated tribe named Beit Yisrael, whose members own an ancient sefer Torah, refrain from doing work on the seventh day, and don’t eat insects. Adventurer Yitzchak Carmeli spent 48 hours with this tribe and returned with one big question: Are these our lost brothers?

 

Cooked To Order

Yisroel Besser

Gold Manor, the Broadway Central Hotel, Riverside Plaza. The popular simchah halls of the ’60s, with their standard chicken and kishke menu, might have faded out of fashion, but after four decades, Reb Yosef Pruzansky is still serving up fancy fare, even as he waxes nostalgic for the days the family business worked out of the Mirrer Yeshivah’s kitchen.

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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?”