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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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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without