Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Fighting for Life

Barbara Bensoussan

He was a German refugee who spent the war years in the Philippines and never set foot in a classroom until third grade. But the late start didn’t hamper Dr. Yashar Hirshaut, who went on to become a top-tiered oncologist shepherding cutting-edge research, and in an age of for-profit medicine, tenaciously staying focused on putting his patients first.

 

His Father’s Son

Yisroel Besser

Rav Meir HaLevi Soloveitchik hid much more than he revealed. His neighbors knew him for his gentle demeanor and open hand. Regulars at Kever Rochel knew him for his mastery of prayer. His small group of talmidim got a glimpse of his astounding Torah prowess, but the hours upon hours spent learning at his dining room table stayed far from the public eye. Who was this quiet gadol, trusted confidant of the Brisker Rav and transmitter of his Torah, who never sought to be anything other than his father’s son?

 

Best Place for a Terrorist to Hide

David Damen, Brussels

Following the horrific airport bombings in Brussels, the media spotlight is once again on Belgium’s Arab ghettos, where terrorist ideology is said to proliferate. Yet in candid conversations with the locals of Brussels’ Molenbeek district — known as the terror hotbed of Europe — they tell us they’ve been condemned unfairly. Are they unwitting hosts to deadly terror cells, or are they just avoiding an uncomfortable truth?



MM217
 
Seventy Years
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “The sword from without, and machlokes from within”
Helping Our Kids Find Their Mission
Yonoson Rosenblum The best home protection against the “foreign winds”
Meeting for Minchah
Eytan Kobre “A Ten-Minute Appointment for a Five-Minute Encounter”
Top 5 Jewish Grammar Mistakes
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Seeing the errors of our grammatical ways
The Missing Alef
Alef is not simply another letter in the Hebrew alphabet
What Are You Grateful For?
Jacob L. Freedman “I guess all we can do is to be grateful”
A Simple Offering
Faigy Peritzman Our obligations are measured according to our abilities
Building a Better Brain
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Make your home an emotionally safe place to be real
The Cyclist: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Rachel has advanced from “flustered” to “determined”
Wholly Holy
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Realize who you are and how you can impact this world