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The Two Faces of Sao Paulo

Binyamin Rose, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil is a land of contrasting styles. It is nouveau riche, and at the same time, a country where millions of its citizens live on the proverbial $1 a day. It is also a land where an established Orthodox Jewish community, existing relatively free of anti-Semitism, has taken a defining role, proving that a partnership between religious organizations and the government can make an impact in the country’s war on poverty. It is also a kiddush Hashem in action.

 

Avoid the Bill, Be a Waiter

Eytan Kobre

After the Six Day War, forward-thinking, ever-energetic Rav Mordechai Elefant cashed in on his unlikely connection with Moshe Dayan and received possession of a sprawling campus in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Tzafafa. Yeshivas ITRI became a rare phenomenon in the Torah world of those times, and Rav Mordechai left an unknown, unfinished memoir detailing how he built the institution everyone — from Israeli power brokers to US senators — was talking about.

 

Jerusalem Besieged

Mishpacha Staff

The blizzard was still powerful on Shabbos morning, but our one-room beis medrash in Bayit V’Gan managed to scrape together a minyan as one by one our intrepid daveners trudged into the room, shook themselves off, and opened their siddurim.



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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without