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The Gene Marker’s Promise

Rachel Ginsburg

He spoke little English, knew nothing about genetics, and didn’t have a high school diploma. So how did Rabbi Yosef Ekstein create an international system that has virtually eradicated Tay-Sachs and other recessive genetic illnesses common to Ashkenazi Jews? When Rabbi Yosef Ekstein’s fourth Tay-Sachs baby was born, he knew he had two options — to fall into crushing despair, or take action. “The Ribono Shel Olam knew I would bury four children before I could take my self-pity and turn it outward,” he say

 

“I’ve Been There”

Yisroel Besser

His sweet voice is sounded most often in song, at weddings, heralding the establishment of new homes. Yet popular singer Shloime Dachs has added another message to his repertoire: as the child of divorced parents, he offers his observations, suggestions, and impressions, in the hope that he can help parents navigate the right way to divorce, and children find their way to successful and fulfilling lives, despite the “broken home” label they bear.

 

Ramallah’s Ready for Boom or Bust

Avi Friedman, Ramallah

The big story of 2011 may well be a Palestinian declaration of independence. Would such a state become a ward of the international community and an economic thorn in Israel’s side? Or has the Palestinian Authority created the wherewithal to make it on its own? And what does this all mean for the state of Israel? In this exclusive report, Mishpacha pursues the answers to these questions, and gets an insider’s view of the streets of Ramallah, and a peek at the officials running the show.

 

The Miracle Officer

David Damen

While many of the stories and wonders of the journey of Rebbe Aharon of Belz and his brother, Rav Mordechai of Bilogray out of the Nazi’s clutches have been rehashed by chassidim for years, one fact remained a mystery: who was that Hungarian officer who drove the group across Poland, evading checkpoints as if they were invisible? Sixty-five years ago this month, the Rebbe revealed the identity of his savior. And for sixty-five years, that revelation was kept hidden. Until now.

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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?”