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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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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?