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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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Do You Know Where You’re Going?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak If Mrs. Esterhazy hadn’t gotten sick
Birthright Drops Reform
Yonoson Rosenblum The numbers tell the sad story
With Fresh Eyes
Eytan Kobre Members of an ever-tying people
Gift-Giving Guide
Yisroel Besser There’s a skill to giving a teacher a gift
Time for a Career Change
Jacob L. Freedman “How can a bochur even afford to smoke?”
Today I Am a (Learned? Committed?) Jewish Man
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are bar mitzvah celebrations good for the Jews?
Major in Mothering
Faigy Peritzman “How do you picture marriage? Discussing quantum theory?...
When Parents Disagree
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Connecting heart-to-heart when you don’t see eye-to-eye
En Route: Food for Thought
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The bread we eat today also comes from heaven
The Twins: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “Bead,” she says again, with a little smirk
Dear Acquaintance
Your Possible Friend at the Clinic Why do you make it harder for me — and for you?