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The People’s Rav

Yisroel Besser

Rav Shlomo Moshe Amar, the Rishon L’Tzion, may be surrounded by pomp and ceremony, yet he insists that the job has not changed him; he remains firmly planted in the tradition he received from his fathers — a Torah rooted in temimus and simplicity. Fifty years after he left his native Morocco for Eretz Yisrael, Rav Amar spoke about the journey that took him from the fields of Ofakim to the halls of Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbinate.

 

Serving Up Straight Talk

Shimmy Blum, Princeton, NJ

Chris Christie’s recent visit to Israel may have been closed to the press, but last week he opened his house to a select group of Orthodox Jewish reporters — including Mishpacha — where the brash and bold first-term governor of New Jersey shared his positive impressions of Israel, and tried his best to skirt all talk about any ambitions for higher political office

 

Tour de Force

Sara Miriam Gross

Son and grandson of rabbis, retired detective Mordecai Dzikansky says his lineage is his bullet-proof vest. Not bad protection for a homicide detective who spent 20 years on the streets of New York, breaking up crime rings and establishing himself as an international expert on terrorism, community crime, and Torah scroll theft.

 

No Place Like Home

Chany Rosengarten

The growing Jewish community has carved out its own viable niche in the housing market. Developers are cashing in on this trend, providing homes that accommodate the Jewish lifestyle. Pesach kitchen, succah porch — what will it take to make this house your home?



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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