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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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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without