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People without Borders

Binyamin Rose

During the past six years, more than 53,000 Africans have escaped war-torn, poverty-stricken lands and found havens in Israel. The uninvited guests pose demographic, security, and political challenges to the only democracy in the Middle East. But putting them on a plane back home is not an option. As the UN insists on rights for asylum seekers and NGOs sponsor emotionally stirring protests, how can a small country with limited resources gently show these refugees the door?

 

“They Can Shoot Any Second”

Aharon Granot, Kiev

The temperature is way below zero in Kiev’s Independence Square, but that hasn’t stopped half a million people from pitching tents in their months-long, often violent anti-government vigil. While Ukrainian President Yanukovych’s guns were aimed at the crowds protected by tires and sandbags, Mishpacha’s Aharon Granot camped out with the opposition and saw who really loves and hates the Jews.

 

Last Look at the Moon

Yisroel Besser

He could resolve the most sophisticated arguments revolving around Torah and science, while never budging from the tiniest detail of the Shulchan Aruch. Rav Shimon Schwab ztz”l was a master at bridging eternal spiritual principles with the draws of modern American life, while standing guard over the sanctified thousand-year-old mesorah of Germany’s Jews. In a rare interview, his son Rav Yosef Chaim Schwab — master educator in his own right — pulls back the curtain on a life touched by greatness.



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At Our Doorstep
Rabbi Moshe Grylak In Israel, intermarriage still has some shock value
The Wrong Conversation
Yonoson Rosenblum How can we reattach Jews to the Jewish story?
Heart on Your Sleeve
Eytan Kobre Being pro-phylactery can be downright prophylactic
The Silver Lining
Alexandra Fleksher Who is brave enough to buck the dangerous trends?
Top 5 Uniquely Jewish Words
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin For some concepts, Yidden have the best words
10 Questions for Avi Kehat
Rachel Bachrach The Chesed Fund, for desperate people who need a fortune
On Speaking Terms
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman He learned firsthand, “What goes around comes around”
Stressed Out
Jacob L. Freedman “We’re going to aggressively help you take care of you”
Mona Knew to Pick a Winner
Riki Goldstein “Shloime, let’s sing this on Motzaei Shabbos”
Four Stanzas You Don’t Just Sing
Riki Goldstein “This is not a niggun that you just sing!” he exclaimed
A Part of Me
Riki Goldstein The fruit of two years’ preparation and collaboration
Worth the Hassle?
Riki Goldstein Travel can be challenging for musicians and bands
Know It All
Faigy Peritzman The wiser I get, the more I realize how little I know
No Time to Breathe
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When we don’t have a minute to spare is when we pause
On Dry Ground
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles Every day we thank Hashem for the miracle of dry land