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Clearing the Smoke

Rhona Lewis

E-cigarettes are being touted as the answer to the prayers of smokers who would like to quit. But are they really safe? And should we be worried about their appeal for kids?

 

American Dream in Lakewood

Shimmy Blum

Mitt Romney gets out his message in New Jersey’s most prominent Orthodox community

 

Singing Their Hearts Out

Meir Wolfson

When the music starts, the young men in the Seeach Sod choir are no longer mentally challenged adults trying to navigate a confusing world around them. Microphones in hand, their voices emerge from a deep place in their soul where barriers no longer exist.

 

How Dan Dealt

By Rachel Bachrach

It all started last Monday morning, when Daniel Eleff noticed a post on his website’s forum about super-cheap flights to Israel. The $330-price looked pretty incredible, so Daniel, who runs the popular bargain site Dan’s Deals, tested it out and posted it to his main page and social media site. It was then sent to 5,000 subscribers, many of whom get text messages with updates.

 

Bringing in Shabbos in Bulgaria

Ari Greenspan and Ari Z Zivotofsky

There was no eiruv, no Sefer Torah, and the town’s only shul hadn’t had a cleaning in more than 60 years. But that didn’t stop Mishpacha’s intrepid travelers from fulfilling a promise they had made last year: bring Shabbos to the people of Pazhardik, Bulgaria.



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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek