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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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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod