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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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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”