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Until the Ends of the Earth

Aharon Granot, Kathmandu

As an entire country turned to rubble, Rabbi Chezky and Chani Lifshitz of Chabad House Nepal found themselves at the epicenter of the search-and-rescue mission they’d been directing since the massive earthquake leveled the cities and villages at the foot of Mount Everest. On scene in Nepal, watching, waiting, and occasionally joining the Israeli rescue teams that set out to locate trapped Jews, Mishpacha’s Aharon Granot experienced his own aftershocks.

 

Working Solutions — The ongoing struggle to integrate chareidim into the Israeli workplace

Binyamin Rose

Israel’s vaunted high-tech prowess earned it the nickname the “Start-Up Nation” but for the 1.5 million Israelis living below the official poverty line, Dragged-Down Nation might be more apropos.

 

Back Through Death’s Doors

Sarah Pardes

The last thing he remembers is looking the murderer in the eye before the axe came down on his head, and when the medics evacuated him, they assumed he’d be on the casualty list within a few hours at most. But Har Nof massacre victim Rabbi Eitan Mualmi — who’s been in our prayers as Eitan ben Sarah — has defied all medical predictions and is standing up again. On his first visit back to the shul where it happened, he finally faced the nightmare head-on.

 

Police: Handcuffed or Handcuffers? Keeping public order becoming a tall order

New Yorkers tend to subscribe to an “If You See Something, Keep Moving” policy, which is why it was startling to notice a crowd of commuters whipping out their cellular phones to record an encounter between a white police officer, his Asian patrol partner, and an African American youth who was refusing a police command to remove his backpack. Teenaged onlookers jeered, a group of young university women hissed, and a hipster with dreadlocks called out to the officers to leave him alone.

 

Your Money& Your Life

RC Steif

The question: Word on the street has it that layoffs are coming to the computer company where I work. There were no raises or bonuses this year, management is in lots of hush-hush meetings, HR is stressed — it feels like it’s inevitable. The problem is, I was hired 27 years ago, fresh out of graduate school, as a software developer. My skill set is perfect for my current job, but it’s not up to par with the tech jobs out there now.

 


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