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A New Desert Storm Looms

Binyamin Rose

The Camp David Peace Treaty between Israel and Egypt may still officially be in force, but the peace treaty that Israel has banked on as the linchpin of its security is starting to look a shaky as a reed in the Red Sea following multiple terrorist attacks launched against Israel from Egyptian soil and Egypt’s recent military movements in the Sinai.

 

Torah Never Takes a Vacation

Aryeh Blum

Bein hazmanim has always provided an opportunity for gedolei Yisrael to escape to the mountains, enjoy solitude in nature, and renew their strength in calm, serene locales. We’ve all seen pictures of the gedolim of the previous generations strolling through the summer forests or sitting in the yard of their dacha surrounded by piles of seforim. What about the Torah leaders of today? Where do they go when they need to air out from the pressures of round-the-clock audiences and communal obligations?

 

Unlocking Plovdiv’s Jewish Past

Ari Greenspan

Although Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city, was once home to a vibrant Sephardic kehillah, much of the city’s Jewish history has been forgotten. But cobweb-filled rooms and padlocked closets have never stopped a Mishpacha reporter before, and this time, as well, this Balkan gem revealed more than a few of its hidden treasures

 

Authors of Our Own Story: The Spiritual Journey of Yisroel Juskowitz

Margie Pensak

A spiritual odyssey that took him from his Baltimore yeshivah to a secular university campus and back again is the backdrop of Yisroel Juskowitz’s canvas. It’s a picture in the making, of a young man whose goal is to harness his talents — in painting, writing, and music — for inspiration. With the release of his first CD, A Narrow Bridge, Yisroel shares his story: what brought him back, what keeps him going, and how beautiful and inspiring the destination — and the journey — can be.



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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek