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The Before and After of Great Marriages

Riva Pomerantz

While the journey to the chuppah is often fraught with questions, conflict, and doubt, it seems that the real issues begin on the walk back down the aisle. Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier, known for the advice, wisdom, and wit he shares on his popular site, The Shmuz, examines some of the most common bumps in the road, for both dating and married couples.

 

Not Just a Shabbos Goy

Sara Trappler Spielman

For gentiles who lend a helping hand to Jews and their institutions, it goes way beyond switching on a light.

 

Start-Up Shul

Barbara Bensoussan, Los Angeles

It’s the dream of Orthodox homeowners everywhere: buy that big, beautiful, inexpensive home just past the avenue that divides your neighborhood from the outside. Most don’t muster the courage to see the dream to reality, but in Los Angeles, Rabbi Elchanan Shoff and his LINK community are trailblazers.

 

Hold onto Your Vision

Aharon Rubin

Even before the Imrei Chaim arrived in Israel after the Holocaust, he made plans for a center of Vizhnitz Chassidus. But who could take it seriously when the Chassidus had been decimated, survivors scattered across the globe? Today, after outgrowing four shuls, the Vitzhnitzer Rebbe is taking his cue from his holy grandfather: Build a huge center — the biggest chassidic complex in the world — and it will fill up.

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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?”