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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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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?”