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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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Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
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And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
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Tali Messing
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Sick Note
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Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
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Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
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