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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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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod