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Navigating The Mesivta Maze

Shimmy Blum

The array of mesivta high schools available for our young men today is dizzying. How can parents and their eighth-grade sons determine which schools are for them, and how can they maximize their chances of being accepted into the school of their choice? In the heat of the application season, Mishpacha turned to leading mechanchim and placement experts to get insider secrets into the decision process – from both the parents’ and the schools’ perspective.

 

A Kindness Repaid

Eliezer Shulman

Rav Yechiel Michel Stern, the rav of Jerusalem’s Ezras Torah neighborhood and author of several famous seforim, tells Mishpacha about his miraculous recovery from a serious illness — in the merit of a chesed he did forty-two years ago.

 

Man’s Grand Plans

Michel Ish Shalom and Noach Stein

The failure of Dubai’s “The World” project is just another entry in a long list of grand plans dreamed up by man — and upended by logic, nature, or sloppy calculations. Here’s a lighthearted look at some of man’s grander projects that met their ends in fiascos or near-disasters.

 

The Man From Kelm

Rabbi Yaakov Feitman

Dignity. Serenity. In thinking about Rabbi Nachum Zev Dessler, ztz”l, these past few days, the words recur like the chorus of a symphony. You could not help but straighten your tie and adjust your jacket when passing Rabbi Dessler, even for a moment. In his later years, although it was difficult for him, he would don his kapote just to greet a visitor. Rabbi Dessler carried himself with the serenity of one who was constantly at peace with himself, with the world, and most importantly, with his Creator.

 

American Dream Is Middle East Nightmare

Binyamin Rose

History is moving along swiftly and shifting tides are sweeping Middle Eastern strongmen out of office at the unprecedented rate of one a week for the past three weeks. Tunisia, Lebanon, and now Egypt are in the throes of regime change. Egypt’s new political axis may well tilt in favor of the radicals, posing new challenges for US and Israeli policy-makers and military men.

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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 movement
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?”