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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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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod