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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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Not a Newspaper
Shoshana Friedman A deeper difference between newspapers and magazines
Services in Shards
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Such a painful, malicious lie!”
The Pittsburgh Protests: All Politics All the Time
Yonoson Rosenblum The old rule — “no enemies on the left” — still applies
Danger: School Crossing
Eytan Kobre The hypocrisy of YAFFED’s assertion is breathtaking
Real Laughter and Real Tears
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger The two sides of a life lived with emunah
Work/Life Solutions with Eli Langer
Moe Mernick I was proud to be “that guy with the yarmulke”
Is Ktchong! a Mitzvah? When Prayer and Charity Collide
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman These cannot both be done effectively at the same time
An Honest Shidduch
Jacob L. Freedman “Baruch Hashem I’m cured, and this will be my secret”
A Blessing in Disguise
Riki Goldstein “I never thought the song would catch on as it has”
Ishay and Motti Strike a Common Chord
Riki Goldstein Bringing together two worlds of Jewish music
What’s your favorite Motzaei Shabbos niggun?
Riki Goldstein From the holy and separate back to the mundane
Rightfully Mine
Faigy Peritzman Don’t regret the job you didn’t land; it was never yours
Growing Greener Grass
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurture your blessings and watch them blossom
My Way or the High Way
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt We know what we want — but do we know what He wants?