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Escort to Eternity

Rachel Ginsberg

Rabbi Elazar Gelbstein says he's just following what's in his genes: for five generations his family has been in charge of Jerusalem's venerated Perushim Chevra Kadisha, and for the last 40 years, everyone knows to “call Gelbstein” whenever a burial or funeral complication arises. As 7 Adar approaches, the day when Chevra Kadisha members fast and say Tehillim for those who have passed away, Rabbi Gelbstein reminisces about the unknown dramas that sometimes accompany a niftar on his last journey.

 

Mission to Iran

Yisrael Feller

“I haven’t come to take money from you; I’ve come to give!” announced Rav Ben Zion Abba Shaul to a stunned audience of Iranian Jews in the late 1970s. What could this rosh yeshivah from Eretz Yisrael give to what was then one of the wealthiest Jewish communities in the world? Some 30 years after that historic visit — and the revolution that would destroy much of the community’s wealth practically overnight — the answer can be summed up in two words: a future

 

For Whom the Bell Polls

Shimmy Blum

Election season means polling season, but this week Mishpacha has turned the tables. Instead of answering a long list of questions, we asked one of the nation’s premier polling companies a few questions of our own — such as how do they obtain accurate results, and why do their pollsters always seem to call at dinnertime.

 

“Davenin’ Dov” in Realtime

Barbara Bensoussan

What’s a nice Jewish guy doing in a job as a sports radio producer? For Dov Kramer the path began with a love of radio and a desire to disseminate Torah through the medium. How he ended up producing live broadcasts of New York Mets games and other sports programs for WFAN-Sports Radio is the subject of this interview. But first, a word from our sponsors …

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Fallen Idols
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Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”