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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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What’s in a Name?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Why did Hashem have to count the Jewish People?
Savoring the Memories
Yonoson Rosenblum Understanding the Six Day War can wake us up
What’s at Steak
Eytan Kobre Controversies over conversion and kashrus
Substance and Style
Yisroel Besser Rabbi Wolpin‘s message packaged for a new generation
Crazed or Dazed?
Jacob L. Freedman “It’s too early to say ‘schizophrenia,’ but…”
How Can I Retain Customers?
Mishpacha Contributors Are e-mail blasts and mailings a waste of time?
Peace and Quiet
Rabbi Ron Yitzchak Eisenman Despite the tension, Tzvi’s kids saw him keep the peace
Counting On You
Faigy Peritzman No soul is lost, no matter how distant
Keep Your Marriage Strong
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurture your marriage and it will nurture you
Journey of a Lifetime
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz How our travels through the midbar reflect our lives
Dear Auntie
Words Unspoken You’re out of town, but close to my heart