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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’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