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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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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?