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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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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