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What Do They Think of Us?

Binyamin Rose

In their heart of hearts, what do average secular Israelis really think about chareidim? At the same time, how does that same, average secular Israeli define his or her own Judaism? Those are some of the questions Mishpacha set out to answer when it embarked on a national, first-of-a-kind survey of the secular Israeli public. The results are eye-opening, in some cases startling, and the range of opinion is richly diverse.

 

Arafat’s Jew

Aharon Granot, Vingaker, Sweden

The Palestinian mob was out for blood as they surrounded a group of IDF soldiers at the tomb of Yosef Hatzaddik. That was until Samach Kanaan stepped out of the shadows and extricated the Israelis from certain death. Nearly two decades later, Mishpacha tracked down Kanaan — confidant of archterrorist Yasser Arafat — in a remote Swedish village, to hear the shocking story of a Palestinian terrorist born to a Jewish mother, who paid a heavy price for the holy spark ignited at the most unexpected moment.

 

Shul Survival Guide

Shira Isenberg

Some shuls lack members, while others desperately need a rabbi. Or maybe the building is too big or the style is not the right fit for the changing neighborhood. Regardless of the challenges they face, congregations that want to survive have found creative ways to keep their doors open and members satisfied.



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In the King's Hands
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The will of Hashem is done, whatever the circumstances
Healthy in Body and Spirit
Yonoson Rosenblum Michael Kaufman’s potentially lifesaving new work
It's Miller Time
Eytan Kobre Wisdom will assume the properties of the body it enters
The Purim Generation
Rabbi Nachman Zakon Is the mishloach manos about you? Or about others?
Gun Control: Dead on Arrival
David G. Greenfield Each time we were outraged, each time nothing happened
Watch Your Step
Rachel Bachrach Yehuda Spira is the owner of Dance with Confidence
Persian Piece
Jacob L. Freedman “I’m Persian and you’re Jewish, but it’s okay”
Service Provider
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “You said ‘shalom bayis.’ If this is correct, press one”
Crisis Mode
Faigy Peritzman Every Jew needs a specific spiritual goal
Mother of the Year
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The perfect mother? How did she pull that off?
Reaching Higher
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Esther found her internal greatness — we can too