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Flames of Faith

Yeruchem Landesman

The graves were still fresh as millions of viewers around the world heard Rabbi Moshe Taubenfeld of New Square express unshakable faith in Hashem, even as he mourned the murder of his wife and son in the bombing of the No. 2 bus seven years ago. Since then, he has reestablished a home with devoted wife and blended family of twenty-two children. And then tragedy struck again: his new home was entirely consumed by fire, leaving him penniless. Yet this time the decree was sweetened: no one was hurt.

 

Don’t Be Surprised by Election Day Surprises

Shimmy Blum

The Jewish vote may not be as big of a factor in Congressional elections as it is in presidential races, where the winner is determined in the Electoral College and large states with numerous Jewish voters can swing a close race. Nevertheless it may end up as a key factor in at least one state, which could help determine whether the Senate remains under Democratic control or swings over to the Republicans.

 

Subsurface Dangers

Aharon Granevich-Granot

While much of the world was watching events unfolding in Chile over the last two months — and especially last week — Boris (Moshe) Chazin was particularly riveted. As a former miner, he had nearly been trapped in collapsing mines on more than one occasion, so he knows what it means to face almost certain death. Now a supervisor of mine safety in Israel, he shares the story of his journey from the coal mines of Vorkuta, Russia, to life as a frum Jew — along with stories of his narrow escapes.

 

Tales from the Trails: Africa’s Traveling Rabbi

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

Officiating at weddings, bar mitzvahs, and funerals. Sheilos on kashrus, arranging supplies for the chagim; it’s all in a day’s work for your regular community rabbi. Rabbi M. Silberhaft, nicknamed the “Traveling Rabbi” by the media, is probably the only rabbi in the world who has to travel such distances to tend to his flock, from his home in Johannesburg, to Jewish communities in such far-flung locations as Swaziland and Uganda. Mishpacha caught up with Rabbi Silberhaft, to hear about his adventures.



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