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Cruise Control

Rabbi Ari Taback

Post-apartheid crime left people in Johannesburg feeling abandoned and helpless. Yet while residents still live behind high walls and security fences, the “contact crime” rate has dropped more than 80 percent in the last seven years in some areas, since the founding of Community Active Protection (CAP), an ambitious community patrol created by South Africa’s chief rabbi. Mishpacha took a ride with a CAP patrol unit, hoping for a quiet night.

 

I Had a Friend Named Mottele

Aharon Rubin

The surprising discovery of 92-year-old Yaakov Koppel Mendelovitz, the childhood friend of the elderly Vizhnitz-Monsey Rebbe and his brother Rav Moshe Yehoshua Hager ztz”l, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe whose first yahrtzeit is this week, brought back to life the images of prewar Grosswardein and reconnected both the Rebbe and his chassidim with a world almost no one remembers.

 

Orthodox and Outspoken

Shimmy Blum

He’s a conservative political commentator who’s appeared on just about every national news network. He’s also the author of four books. And he’s just 29. Benjamin Shapiro, living life in the fast lane for three decades, says his black crocheted yarmulke is a welcome companion to his work.

 

Man of the Book

Yisroel Feller

Their companies were next-door neighbors. They purchased paper together, swapped staff and cooperated on logistics, even though they were both competing for the same slice of the market. And then, as Feldheim’s Israeli business was about to collapse, Yoni Posen of Yefe Nof picked up the gauntlet.



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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