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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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Man to Man
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Each mitzvah counts because they all have one Source
PC Where It Hurts
Yonoson Rosenblum The IDF is sacrificing its own strength for secularism
In Its Clutches
Eytan Kobre Technology is biologically addictive. Now what?
Broken Matzos, Whole People
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg The ability to adjust our expectations is freedom
Washington Will Have to Go
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Statuettes aren’t a Jewish way of honoring others
Time for a Rematch
Jacob L. Freedman “Then you agree that I’m probably Mashiach?”
Ivri Anochi
Riki Goldstein A simple message goes a very long way…
From the Mouth of Babes
Faigy Peritzman I use Lamaze a lot more as my kids get older
Something’s Wrong
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Low moods or extreme stress don’t equal depression
Woman of Greatness
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles What were the Ishah HaShunamis’s rare strengths?
Let Freedom Ring
Chana Mayers Not just cutting corners but cutting myself slack
Dear Daughter
Words Unspoken How I pine to have you rejoin our family