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If Not for My Rebbi, I Wouldn't Be Here Today

Yisroel Besser

Rav Boruch Ber Leibowitz is remembered for his lomdus, warmth, and legendary devotion to the teachings of his rebbi, Rav Chaim Brisker. But most of those memories are handed down from one generation to the next. In honor of his yahrtzeit on 5 Kislev, Mishpacha spoke to Rabbi Moshe Chaim Sapochkinsky, who merited to live in Rav Boruch Ber's house, and who became a chassidishe Yid by following the instructions of the legendary litvishe rosh yeshivah.

 

We Never Saw a Jew, But We Loved Them

Aharon Granevich-Granot

A family in the Christian clergy, a devoted parish, and years of searching and doubt culminated in one auspicious moment of encounter with a passing Jew. Since that day twenty-five years ago, Rabbi Yehuda Peretz, senior Arachim lecturer and Judaica scribe, has not only joined the Jewish nation himself, but has brought his entire family and hundreds of Veracruz Bible-study parish members along.

 

Standing Clear of Immigration’s Gray Areas

Bracha Stein

Modern means of transportation have enabled families to travel even halfway around the world. While it’s never been easier to fly back to the United States for a simchah, a zman in Lakewood, or “for shidduchim,” it’s not always simple, especially if you are returning with a spouse of a foreign country, a baby born overseas, or if you have violated the terms of an entrance visa. Mishpacha takes a look at some of the obstacle that immigrants have stumbled upon that can make one’s visit to the US miserable.

 

Indian Summer

Avi Friedman

President Obama will bring back $10 billion in new trade deals with India, but will bolstered relations with the world's second-most populous country have a long-term impact on the sagging US economy? And is there is a hidden benefit for Israel in expanded US-India relations?

 

High in the Saddle

Michal Ish Shalom

A video screen, refrigerator, a high-quality sound system, enough armor to fend off an explosive attack, and…a humidity box to keep cigars moist. While these conveniences await Bibi Netanyahu when he steps into his newly ordered Audi A8 Security, he'll be in good company. Today, many world leaders drive around in vehicles that are more like tanks on wheels than cars. A look at the preferences — and the patriotism — of some heads of state and their automobiles of choice.

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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
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?”