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Polish Spring

Binyamin Rose, Warsaw

Lately the world’s focus has been on the Middle East and the “Arab Spring.” But as the Conference of European Rabbis recently demonstrated, Poland, a land once synonymous with anti-Semitism, is enjoying a “spring” of its own — a new era of better relations with both its own Jewish community and the Jewish community worldwide.

 

Leader of Scholars and Statesmen

Mishpacha Staff

Few could match Rav Eliezer Menachem Shach’s grasp of contemporary events and political intrigue, or his three-dimensional vision — his ability to dissect and negotiate the most complex communal issues, and at the same time worry about the feelings of a small child. And so they followed him, the bnei Torah and politicians, the Americans and Europeans, the Sephardim and Ashkenazim, all sending their thorniest and most complex issues to the little apartment across from the Ponovezher Yeshivah.

 

Faces of Recovery

Barbara Bensoussan

According to the US Department of Labor, some 14 million Americans are out of a job. Yet all isn’t bleak. People in our community, such as businessman David Hess and others, are trading in low-income jobs or outright joblessness for lucrative new careers — and sharing tips for how they did it.

 

In Search of Continuity

Azriela Jaffe

We all have questions, but not everyone is willing to spend five years schlepping across the United States to find an answer. Meet Dr, Saul Landa, whose question about how Orthodox Judaism managed to survive in a very unorthodox America has resulted in a moving photographic record of American Jewish life.

 
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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?”