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Brothers at War

Eliezer Shulman

During the Yom Kippur War, Yosef Wallis was an engineer protecting fighter planes from enemy missiles, Noach Hertz was a Skyhawk pilot blown out of the air by one of those Russian warheads, and Shimon Grilius, creator of the flying explosives, was rotting in a Siberian prison. Four decades later, three friends examine the trajectory that propelled them back home.

 

Stateless, Not Hopeless

Aharon Granot, Serbia and Hungary

War, persecution, and man’s inhumanity to man has opened up a flow of refugees to Europe, where migrants —some of them likely Islamic militants — cross any and all borders in the hopes of resettling and rebuilding their tattered lives. But how does this bode for a Europe already saturated with Muslims as it struggles to maintain its Western identity? With the migrant crisis reaching a peak, Mishpacha’s Aharon Granot surfaced among them along the Serbian-Hungarian border.

 

Gone but Not Forgotten

Mishpacha Staff

We say Yizkor for close family members, but there are others in our lives who have made an indelible mark. In this collection of essays, our writers remember uncles and aunts, childhood friends, teachers, and even those they’ve never met. Their memories walk with us, talk to us, guide us, and even make us laugh. May they all be for a blessing.

 

Pick of the Crop

Rabbi Eliyahu Gut

Over the summer bein hazmanim, the esrog orchards of Eretz Yisrael were overrun by fortune seekers of a different sort — bochurim and yungeleit eager to handpick a beautiful esrog in fields turned ownerless by the halachos of shemittah. What’s it like for an orchard owner to watch his carefully nurtured trees at the mercy of those enthusiastic and clueless visitors? And perhaps more importantly — will those treasured esrogim picked at the height of summer really merit a brachah by the time Succos arrive

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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?”