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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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Do You Know Where You’re Going?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak If Mrs. Esterhazy hadn’t gotten sick
Birthright Drops Reform
Yonoson Rosenblum The numbers tell the sad story
With Fresh Eyes
Eytan Kobre Members of an ever-tying people
Gift-Giving Guide
Yisroel Besser There’s a skill to giving a teacher a gift
Time for a Career Change
Jacob L. Freedman “How can a bochur even afford to smoke?”
Today I Am a (Learned? Committed?) Jewish Man
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are bar mitzvah celebrations good for the Jews?
Major in Mothering
Faigy Peritzman “How do you picture marriage? Discussing quantum theory?...
When Parents Disagree
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Connecting heart-to-heart when you don’t see eye-to-eye
En Route: Food for Thought
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The bread we eat today also comes from heaven
The Twins: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “Bead,” she says again, with a little smirk
Dear Acquaintance
Your Possible Friend at the Clinic Why do you make it harder for me — and for you?