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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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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”