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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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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