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Binyamin Rose and Rachel Ginsberg

Violent demonstrations. Segregated buses. Nazi effigies. Degrading headlines. The chareidim definitely have an image problem. How to respond when asked how someone can call himself religious and spit on another person? How 21st century women can tolerate gender separation? Or how Nazi imagery can be invoked against other Jews? A panel of media experts gives advice for damage control and how to spin the news so that the religious/chareidi community doesn’t come out looking like a cadre of backward fana

 

Life after Crime and Punishment

Binyamin Rose

Superior preparation and unbounded aggression made Jack Abramoff into one of Washington’s sharpest lobbyists. His win-at-all-costs philosophy led his boss to level a stiff warning that if he kept it up, he would end up either dead, disgraced, or in jail. Abramoff suffered both disgrace and the purgatory of jail. Back home in Silver Springs, Maryland, after almost four years in jail, Abramoff told Mishpacha how he worked to uproot the corruption from his own heart and how Washington needs to do the same.

 

My Identity Crisis

Barbara Bensoussan

Your credit card hasn’t been lost or stolen. So why is there $10,000 worth of jewelry, airline tickets, and electronic equipment on your monthly statement? Welcome to the world of identity theft, which today is just a few keystrokes away from its next target.

 

Awake and Praise!

Yisroel Besser

The winter nights may be long and cold, but in this little corner of Jerusalem Jewish hearts are on fire. Welcome to the Great Synagogue Ades of the Glorious Aleppo Community, where the centuries-old custom of Shirat HaBakashot is still very much alive.



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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you