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Beit Shemesh Hits the Boiling Point

By Yisrael Feller and Mishpacha Staff

Throughout the world, images of a dusty, unremarkable Israeli city have been sparking debate and controversy. How did Beit Shemesh become a national tinderbox, and a symbol for secular-religious tensions?

 

A Message Cloaked in Melody

Riva Pomerantz

When the first Journeys album debuted, it was something entirely new: heartfelt music set to original English lyrics, in a language and style that felt current and American but still eminently Jewish to thousands of fans. That secret formula marks just about every melody created by Abie Rotenberg — from kiddie fare to kumzitz classics. In a memorably candid conversation, Abie shares the inspiration that sparked years of compositions.

 

No Vital Signs in Djibouti

Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Ari Greenspan

Most people have never heard of Djibouti — a poverty-stricken Muslim country located where eastern Africa almost touches the Arabian Peninsula — let alone been there. So why did Mishpacha’s Ari and Ari pay a visit to such a forsaken place? If the words “forgotten shul” conjures up a spirit of adventure in your heart, you’ll understand.

 

Tracks of Fate

Rachel Ginsberg

Dr. Brian Grobois was an avid hiker, but something went wrong during his dream excursion on the southern slopes of Mount Rainier. When his lifeless body was rescued from an icy canyon, his family was grateful that he would come to kever Yisrael, but another daunting obstacle stood in their way — would they be able to fight the medical examiner’s demand for an autopsy? A soon-to-retire park ranger and a local kiruv rabbi become unlikely allies in the fight to preserve sanctity of life even in death.



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What Are You Fighting For?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Parshas Korach is the tale of the archetypical machlokes
Baking Up a Storm
Yonoson Rosenblum Masterpiece Cakeshop dodged the bullet this time
More or Less
Eytan Kobre Hunger for materialism. Fueled from without or within?
Meeting the Baal Shem Tov in 2018: Last Installment
Mishpacha Readers The last part of this spirited conversation
A Priest, a Dog, and a Baseball Player
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only real life prepares you for real life
Not the Eretz Yisrael Blues
Jacob L. Freedman “Your rebbi in Mir made the diagnosis even before I did”
Collaboration Always Makes It Better
Riki Goldstein “If I collaborate for other albums, why not mine?”
The Language Everyone Understands
Riki Goldstein Connected through the universal medium of music
The Song I Can’t Stop Singing
Riki Goldstein “Let’s make Kiddush over the whole world”
Pick Your Tune
Riki Goldstein How do you like to sing Lecha Dodi?
Turnaround Time
Faigy Peritzman One truly content with his position won’t feel jealous
The Nice Things in Life
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Niceties gain cooperation while cementing relationships
See the Source
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz This message, so elementary, is challenging to maintain