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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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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you