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Make It Whole

Barbara Bensoussan

Ira Zlotowitz’s first career move as a kid involved a wheelbarrow and a garbage collection route in the bungalow colony. Today, as a financial wizard whose brokerage firm closed nearly $3 billion in deals last year, he integrates the lessons learned in a family of Torah and chesed into his life as a mortgage mogul.

 

Danish Jews Lose a Gentle Giant

Binyamin Rose

When Rabbi Yitzchok Loewenthal arrived at Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue on Motzaei Shabbos to give a mazel tov at the Bentow family bas mitzvah, he felt safe seeing Daniel Uzan in his customary position, manning the security gate. Despite his personal sense of wellbeing, Rabbi Loewenthal tells Mishpacha he had a premonition about Uzan. “I said to Dan, ‘Why are you standing outside? The police are there.’ He told me he wanted to see the passersby and check out the passing cars.”

 

Burning with Revenge in Jordan

Aharon Granot — Karak, Jordan

In a dusty Jordanian town on the other side of the Dead Sea, Safi al-Kasasbeh, the bereaved father of the pilot burned to death by ISIS henchmen, won’t rest until his country settles the score. As hundreds converge on the house of mourning during the 40-day honor period, we join the crowd, our heads wrapped in kaffiyehs, and listen to the locals call for blood).

 

Guardian of the Kfar

Aryeh Ehrlich

Rav Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi, the venerated rav of Kfar Chabad, always had an underlying fear that his time would be up once his family was settled. His prediction wasn’t long in coming — on the way to the cemetery for his own father’s yahrtzeit, he suffered a fatal heart attack. A week after his shloshim, thousands are still grieving over the loss of his fearless leadership and Torah genius.

 

What’s a Gardener To Do?

Riki Goldstein

The Sabbatical year is tough on farmers and can be confusing for consumers, but shemittah-observant gardeners, a largely unheralded group, also struggle through the year. Yet despite financial loss and at-best sporadic employment, these landscapers are unearthing their own wellsprings.

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Fallen Idols
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?”