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Light Their Candle

Barbara Bensoussan

Superstar singer Yaakov Shwekey spends much of his life in the limelight, sharing his music with Jews the world over in a daunting lineup of performances. But the concert closest to his heart is his annual Chanukah performance for a group of special-needs children and their families. Meet the other Yaakov Shwekey — and his dynamic wife Jenine, who has dedicated her considerable passion and talent to special-needs children.

 

Ilan’s Exodus

Michal Ish Shalom

For 150 days, American law student Ilan Grapel was held in solitary confinement in an Egyptian prison, accused of spying for Israel and fomenting revolt in Cairo. Back home in Queens after a low-level prisoner swap, Grapel spoke to Mishpacha about his four nightmarish months when he envisioned himself doomed forever, revealing how an accidental foray into the world of the yeshivah helped him survive in Egyptian captivity.



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Atonement — Fake and Real
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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...
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Tali Messing
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Sick Note
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Endnote: Side Notes
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Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
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Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
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Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
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