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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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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you