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“He Was My Lifeline”

Rachel Ginsberg and Mishpacha Staff

The Shomrei Emunim Rebbe was more than an elder holy soul in Jerusalem. While most of his chassidim were traditional Yerushalmim, others were politicians, businessmen, and university academics from all over the world — all drawn to this Rebbe who possessed not only a deep spiritual sensitivity and encyclopedic Torah knowledge, but a keen grasp of international issues, and even a level of ruach hakodesh, predicting world calamities such as 9/11 and the Tsunami. A talk with some unlikely chassidim.

 

No One Left

Eliezer Shulman

In the space of a few deadly minutes, Avivit Schaer of Rechovot was left the sole survivor of her family, after an electrical fire consumed her five sleeping children and overpowered her husband. How does someone go on after her entire world has gone up in flames? “I am shattered to bits inside,” she admits. “But I know that this is a massive test from Hashem, and I will pass it with His help.”

 

Moroccan Mirage

Aharon Granevitch-Granot

They were hiking through the SaharaDesertlooking for the graves of tzaddikim, when all of a sudden, the huge edifice rose up in front of them. A hallucination? The Third Beis HaMikdash? Actually, it’s a massive fiberglass creation for an upcoming film, but the magnificent reconstruction of theHolyTemple is enough to make every Jewish heart long for the real thing

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