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Vizhnitz Will Rise Again

Yeruchem Landesman and Eliezer Shulman

As a young man, Rav Moshe Yehoshua Hager ztz”l saw his world — the Vizhnitzer court — go up in flames. In the half-light of the dwindling embers, he joined his father in a campaign to rejuvenate Vizhnitzer Torah and Chassidus. The sparks caught, the fire grew warmer, and the dream became a reality, big and bright and pulsing with vitality — a thriving court of loyal chassidim who draw their sustenance from the Torah learning of their Rebbe. With sons who continue to bear the torch, and as the father-in

 

Closing the Circle in Mallorca

Avi Friedman

A short conversation about a Mallorcan street sign was all it took to turn ten-year-old Nicolás Aguilo’s life completely around. Not only did the young Catholic boy eventually become a Jew, but today he is the rabbi of Mallorca’s Chueta community. Mishpacha caught up with Rabbi Nissan Ben-Avraham where it all began, a sunny island off the coast of Spain.

 

Top Flight

Rachel Ginsberg

Why do Jews put on those straps and sway, instead of sleeping like everyone else on the plane? Why do they insist on gender separation, and why are they always the last ones on, running up to the gate with bags of overweight carry-ons? Flight attendants would actually like to be enlightened, and Rabbi Yisrael Noach Guttmann has provided them with a syllabus.

 

Who Cares About Israel

Binyamin Rose, Jerusalem

Social scientists who study contemporary Jewry have been engaged in an ongoing and intense battle for the past 30 years over trends in American Jewish attachment to Israel. Most studies show declining connection, especially among young people. Along comes a new study that asserts that trend — if it ever existed — is changing for the better.



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Do You Know Where You’re Going?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak If Mrs. Esterhazy hadn’t gotten sick
Birthright Drops Reform
Yonoson Rosenblum The numbers tell the sad story
With Fresh Eyes
Eytan Kobre Members of an ever-tying people
Gift-Giving Guide
Yisroel Besser There’s a skill to giving a teacher a gift
Time for a Career Change
Jacob L. Freedman “How can a bochur even afford to smoke?”
Today I Am a (Learned? Committed?) Jewish Man
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are bar mitzvah celebrations good for the Jews?
Major in Mothering
Faigy Peritzman “How do you picture marriage? Discussing quantum theory?...
When Parents Disagree
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Connecting heart-to-heart when you don’t see eye-to-eye
En Route: Food for Thought
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The bread we eat today also comes from heaven
The Twins: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “Bead,” she says again, with a little smirk
Dear Acquaintance
Your Possible Friend at the Clinic Why do you make it harder for me — and for you?