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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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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek