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Waiting, Hoping, Praying: A Nation Longs for Three Sons to Come Home

Eliezer Shulman

While senior IDF officials have announced that in the army’s estimation, the three yeshivah students kidnapped last Thursday night are still alive and being kept somewhere in the Judean Hills, heartrending prayers continue to rise heavenward from their towns, their yeshivos, and from shuls, schools, and spontaneous prayer vigils around the country.

 

Building a Glass House

Machla Abramovitz

A new museum in Warsaw tells the story of 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland. But is the architectural gem a recognition of Polish anti-Semitism or just the latest attempt to whitewash history?

 

A Novelist On Air

Binyamin Rose, New York

John Batchelor is perhaps one of the few radio talk show hosts who listens more than he speaks and educates more than he entertains. His unique on-air persona has attracted a wide-ranging audience, from New York City taxi drivers to Jews from Lakewood and other Orthodox strongholds. Mishpacha’s news editor entered the inner sanctum of his on-air studio, where Batchelor expounded on how he developed his style, shared some behind-the-scenes memories, and aired his views on America’s future.

 

Right Place Right Time

Yisroel Besser

He grew up with Torah royalty on the Lower East Side, dined with US presidents, and for the last 40-plus years has led a major kehillah in Montreal. Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Kaufman’s secret to success? Always see the good.

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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?”