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Holy Criminals

Mishpacha Staff

While stipends and budget cuts have been a steady undertone in the political discourse ever since the new government took power, those terms were conspicuously absent in Sunday’s “million-man” prayer rally. Instead, hundreds of thousands joined together in one powerful chorus. What one motive held it all together?

 

Mitzvah Moonlighters

Eytan Kobre

How is it that the busiest people seem to be the ones to accomplish so much extra good? Every community has them — they’re the go-to people when there’s a crisis, the ones who look around, perceive a need, then fill it with out-of-the-box solutions. Here are some of those unsung heroes.

 

At the Rogatchover’s Knee

Aharon Rubin

Rav Yehudah Tzivyon has enjoyed close connections with many great Torah scholars — his son Rav Yehoshua is married to Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s daughter — but there was nothing like growing up in the shadow of the Rogatchover Gaon. Reb Yehudah takes us back to his childhood in Dvinsk and to his memories of the gadol who frightened the world with his wit while affectionately letting “Yudaleh” tag along.

 

500 and counting...

By Mishpacha Staff

You’re holding the 500th edition of Mishpacha! For 500 consecutive issues, week after week, Shabbos after Shabbos, Mishpacha has been there — an integral part of the Shabbos experience and a vibrant mirror of our community’s priorities, personalities, and conversations. In honor of this milestone, we asked our writers to riff on the phrase “week after week” — in 500 words or less. What images and memories does the term bring to your mind?



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Har Sinai on the Gaza Fence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Who would ever believe I’d be holding a sefer Torah?”
In Budapest, a Thirst for Torah
Yonoson Rosenblum “This is a matter of saving an entire tzibbur”
Torah Consumer’s Alert
Eytan Kobre To learn Torah — but just as surely, to learn from it
Relive Matan Torah Every Single Day
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Incredible zechusim we can generate through resolutions
5 out of 10: Top 5 Seforim Intros Celebrating Torah
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin What are you going to learn on Shavuos night?
Right-Hand Man
Jacob L. Freedman “Goodbye, Dr. Freedman, I’ve got a whole world to save”
The Good News about Obituaries
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman To write our own epitaphs while we can still write
Endnote: The Song That Still Plays for You
Riki Goldstein What’s that tune that, when you hear it, brings you back...
A Golden Opportunity
Faigy Peritzman What did Rus have that Orpah lacked?
Say It with Cheesecake
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A positive learning experience creates lessons that stic...
Say Yes to Kindness
Miriam Kosman With her, Rus brought the key to humanity’s redemption
A Soaring Spirit
Chana Ungar To Marcie a”h, life meant doing what G-d expected of her