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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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Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
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Four Walls Coming Full Circle
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And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
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Tali Messing
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Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
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Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
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Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
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Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you