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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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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?”