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Taking It to the End

Mishpacha Staff

From the man self-described as “most unlikely to succeed” to the singer facing 100,000 from behind the mike, 10 perspectives on the energy and the drama — as the entire Torah world reevaluated its own potential and capabilities during the emotionally charged weeklong Siyum HaShas

 

Myths and Facts : Kashrus Agencies Share Their Secrets

Richard Rabkin

When it comes to the kashrus industry, the public often feels they aren’t getting the whole story, and they harbor a list of unasked questions — Which agencies are acceptable? Why does it seem the industry is all about politics? Why do products need multiple hechshers? Do mashgichim really know about food chemistry or are they a bunch of untrained yeshivah bochurim? Why doesn’t everyone get together under one set of standards?

 

A Fire of Passion and Warmth

A Fire of Passion and Warmth

Rav Yoel Teitelbaum, the Divrei Yoel of Satmar, was known as an uncompromising, principled leader who demanded that his followers adhere to the old ways, even in a New World. But two relatives and disciples — Rav Zalman Leib and Rav Duvid Meisels of Sea Gate — are intimately familiar with the other sides of the Rebbe: the self-deprecating wit, the reluctance to distance a problem student, the humility and respect for others. In honor of his yahrtzeit, they share their memories of the Rebbe.

 

Born for the Role

Azriela Jaffe

If Jerome Bethea’s name is familiar from his ten-year acting career or his high-profile national fitness training programs, today he’s moved into a new realm — taking his own leap of faith together with his wife Rina, as they have become Orthodox Jews integrated into Baltimore’s frum community. Acting, he says, was always in his blood. What else was genetically imprinted on his soul?

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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?”