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We All Get Another Chance

Yisroel Besser

When the iconic Diaspora Yeshiva Band regrouped for a reunion concert at Lincoln Center this winter, it was more than just a nostalgic trip down the musical memory lane of the ’70s and ’80s. It was a fusion of a force that was the background music to the early teshuvah movement. Saturday nights on Mount Zion don’t rock like they used to, but those chords are still vibrating a generation later.

 

Down but Not Out

Binyamin Rose, Washington

The annual AIPAC Policy Conference always attracts thousands of delegates who get both their inspiration and their marching orders for lobbying members of US Congress to support Israel’s interests. Last week’s conference was no different in its composition, but recent setbacks have left an impression that AIPAC — one of America’s mightiest lobbies — has lost some of its clout. Mishpacha’s news editor, Binyamin Rose, who made the rounds, formed five impressions of a body that refuses to go down.

 

Million-Dollar March

Aharon Blum

Satmar chassidim had to contribute millions to tzedakah if they wanted to travel to Eretz Yisrael as part of the Satmar Rebbe Rav Aharon Teitelbaum’s recent entourage. But a few philanthropists putting together $5 million in two weeks was just child’s play in Satmar, where the massive scope of giving is part of Reb Yoelish’s legacy. Who are these million-dollar adherents?

 

Riding High

Gershon Burstyn

In an Israeli town that’s acquired a reputation for division and strife, one man is using mountain biking to teach kids how to push their limits — and get along with each other, no matter what kind of yarmulke is under the helmet.



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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
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...
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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
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