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From the Pulpit

Rachel Bachrach

What are people really looking for in a rabbi?

 

Pillar of Support

C. B. Lieber

A rebbetzin’s role isn’t the same as a rabbi’s because...

 

Shul of My Youth

Mishpacha Contributors

There’s something about the word “sanctuary” that feels elevated, removed. But take a look at this supplement celebrating our shuls, and that’s not what you’ll see…

 

Make Your Voices Heard

Ezriel Yudkowsky

Could the Jewish State really brand yeshivah students as criminals, for the “offense” of staying at their shtenders? When a virulent Knesset coalition threatened to change the draft law protecting yeshivah students, Yossi Deitsch was tasked with arranging the largest chareidi demonstration of the decade

 

Pulling the Strings

Faigy Schonfeld

If you’re sitting in an audience with hundreds or thousands of frum Jews at a musical event to benefit a non-profit, you’re probably drinking in the logistical magic of Eli Gerstner — a popular composer who found a surprise career as producer of some of frum Jewry’s largest-scale shows

 

Hot Soup, Warm Spirit

Aryeh Ehrlich

Once an abandoned Polish gravesite, the resting place of Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk is now a magnet for tens of thousands of supplicants. Back when Rav Simcha Krakowsky decided to warm the chilly nights with some hot soup, he never could have dreamed how big his hachnassas orchim venture would grow

 

All Fired Up

C. Rosenberg

Thousands of chassidim wait for the twin bursts of flame and song every Lag B’omer in Monroe. Few can imagine the logistical campaign that’s been conducted throughout the year to ensure that the legacy of Rabi Shimon bar Yochai resonates spiritedly — and safely — into the dark night

 

Make Them Sing

Yisroel Besser

He doesn’t hold a mike or play any instrument — but the young man with the baton in hand is leaving a powerful stamp on a new wave of Jewish music. How did this scion of the yeshivah world master the intricacies of musical arrangement, and how does he keep his sense of proportion when the world’s an ever-grander stage?

 

He’s Got the Ticket

C. Rosenberg

A tentative effort by one well-connected Brooklynite helped Boro Park’s Jews keep Shabbos without their usual parking tickets. It also marked him as an effective liaison between city officials and the Torah-observant community. Fifty years later, Rabbi Edgar Gluck is still the prime address

 

On the Record

Riki Goldstein

He’s a steady presence at London chuppahs, a faithful officer trusted by the kehillah and the Commonwealth. In a country where legal dictates govern the niceties of marriage and death, Marriage Secretary Mr. Michoel Mannes is the dependable liaison positioned at the edge of these fateful scenes

 

All Who Are Hungry

Aryeh Ehrlich

It’s one of the largest Pesach distributions in the world. And if Rabbi Ephraim Stern had his way, no one would know the story of the man who makes it happen year after year

 

Serving the Servers

C. Rosenberg

They’re far from the spotlight on the kosher food stage; their role is all about allowing others to shine. Dependable Food is the mega-supplier that keeps faithfully stocking your local bakeries, restaurants, caterers, and summer camps with the food items they need to serve you

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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without