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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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Harvard Rejects Learn their Lesson
Yonoson Rosenblum SAT scores aren’t human decency scores
Now That We Know
Eytan Kobre “I think the Internet is broken”
What’s Your Spacesuit?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik How to remember who you are
Not the Best Idea
Jacob L. Freedman Where ethics and friendship sometimes clash
The Postdate Blues
Libi Astaire Tickets to Financial Ruin
Man Without a Name
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Ron?! There’s no such name!”
DNA Today
Faigy Peritzman Good family dynamics create deep-seated virtues
Stepping Stones
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz How a stumbling block becomes a stepping stone
Professional Organizer: Part IV
D. Himy & Zivia Reischer Create your own mnemonics to remember information