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After the Leap: A Symposium

Edited by Eytan Kobre

In the last 50 years, tens of thousands of Jews from every walk of life have reclaimed their religious heritage and made their way to a Torah way of life. Their presence in frum communities around the globe has added immeasurably to the success and vitality of observant Jewish communities in too many ways to count. Yet all is not necessarily idyllic in the lives of these baalei teshuvah themselves. How can these difficult issues be resolved, and how can the frum community help?

 

The Best Defense: Yom Tov with my Rebbe

Chany Rosengarten

Off They Go The small valise is packed with bare essentials, as a minivan carrying five other chassidim arrives and honks outside. “Be good, Yankele. A git gebentschte yur. I’ll daven for you.” He squeezes his nine-year-old’s hand. He looks to his wife. “Thank you. We’ll talk more when I arrive.” “Why can’t they all switch rebbes for a while?” a neighbor observes and shakes his head. “That way they’ll all get to stay home.” “I’m not sad,” Blima insists. “We want them there. The effect lasts a

 

Every Day Judgment Day

Yonoson Rosenblum

During the Yamim Noraim our attention is focused on the Beis Din shel Maalah, but our communities also need this-worldly courts, as well as dayanim who are qualified to resolve the myriad of disputes that arise throughout the year. That’s why Rabbi Yosef Fleischman is on a mission to educate the next generation of dayanim — and spread the word that “glatt yosher is glatt kosher.”

 

“I’m No Hero”

Azriela Jaffe

Disease may have robbed Dr. Joseph Sherr of the use of his muscles, but it has never stopped him from having a full life. Yet, he refuses to see himself as a hero. If words must be used to describe him, he much prefers these: husband, father, breadwinner, friend.

 

A Honey of a Hobby

Barbara Bensoussan

It’s 2 a.m. when the telephone rings and within minutes the rescue worker is on his way to respond to the emergency call. But it’s not the frightened caller who needs rescuing. Instead, it’s a swarm of bees, who’ve taken shelter in a place where they’re not wanted. Who would get up in the middle of the night to rescue a bunch of bees? Meet Rabbi Daniel Senter, who by day is the rabbinic administrator of Kof-K Kosher Supervision, but after-hours has a unique hobby that keeps him very “buzzy.”

 

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Binyamin Rose, Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte,North Carolinamay be known as the home of auto racing. But it is the contest between President Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney that ignited political spark plugs last week, as the race to decide who will occupy driver’s seat in the Oval Office for the next four years officially got underway in this Southern city.

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Power of Choice
Yonoson Rosenblum Postreligious societies cultivate self-destruction
Moral Support
Eytan Kobre The political right is not always “our side”
Everyone Counts in Kerestir
Yisroel Besser When a Jew feels he has worth, his avodah changes
Smoke Detector
Jacob L. Freedman Smashing windshields for kiruv?
In So Many Words
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Dariush Massachi had a story that deserved to be told
Run for Their Money
Rachel Bachrach Helping families get back on their feet financially
Pride Unprejudiced
Faigy Peritzman Accomplishments are what doesn’t come easy
The Impossible Child
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when your kids turn your home upside down
We Can’t Provide Financial Support
Sara Eisemann $2K a month is just not going to happen. Now what?
The Rubber Band: Part III
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