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The Rebbi Who Sparked Revival

Barbara Bensoussan

What would Rabbi Yaakov Spitzer have answered to the question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” when he arrived in America as a young survivor whose train to Auschwitz was only one of two that turned back? A rebbi? A diamond dealer? The founder of a colossal company providing home healthcare to the frum community? Probably not all three. Yet in the six decades that have passed since he stepped onto American shores, Rabbi Spitzer has done all three with resounding success.

 

Anti-Semitism: A Lethal Obsession

Yonoson Rosenblum

Professor Robert Wistrich, perhaps the foremost historian of anti-Semitism in our generation, has built an irrefutable case to expose the true face of “Islamofascism.” In this exclusive interview with Mishpacha, Professor Wistrich traces Islamofascism’s ignoble birth; how the sickness has intensified as a result of classical and Nazi-era anti-Semitism; and how the relative ignorance of Western society enables it to flourish. And he offers the one and only remedy the Jewish people have to battle it.

 

Four-Legged Foot Soldiers

Leah Meisel

From the time men discovered the art of battle, four-legged warriors have been fighting alongside them. And even though camels have been replaced with tanks and elephants with APCs, furry and feathered friends are still used by today’s most sophisticated fighting forces.

 

Ten Questions with Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller

Shimmy Blum

When Lakewood native and US Air Force chaplain Menashe Miller, returned home from Iraq on January 7, his colleagues on the Township Committee chose him to be the mayor of Lakewood. Despite the pressures of his new post, Mayor Miller graciously shared some time with Mishpacha.

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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 movemen
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?”