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Running for Cover

Rachel Ginsberg

What draws hundreds of women — whose black, head-to-toe cloaks seem to be popping up like mushrooms over the Jerusalem landscape — to embark on an extreme journey of super-modesty, reminiscent of the Muslim women of Afghanistan and North Africa? Some call it a cult. But these women say they’re simply reclaiming the ancient holy standards of history’s righteous women.

 

Book that Ticket to the Senate

Shimmy Blum

When Cory Booker won the Democratic special election primary last week, his ascension from Newark mayor to US senator drew one step closer. Mishpacha was there to take in the celebration festivities, and to gauge the wave that is backing the Torah-quoting Rhodes scholar all the way to Washington.

 

Got Your Papers?

Dovid Sussman

The Jewish People may be a single nation, but that doesn’t help us avoid dealing with bureaucratic issues that range from irritating to downright daunting when we move across borders. Here are some tips on how to make that process more user-friendly.

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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”