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Songs of our Own

Mishpacha Contributors

The prayers of Rosh Hashanah elevate us, connect us, and remind us of who we really are.

 

The Progress Report

Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz

Just over a month ago, Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz made a rare and direct appeal in these pages. The cause that prompted him to abandon his usual policy of privacy: the pain of increasing numbers of girls who remain single, in a shidduch system that brings unending distress to thousands.

 

Brick by Brick

Yisroel Besser

When Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz lost his soul mate, he lost not only a wife and a mother to his children, but a partner in shlichus and a builder of his dreams. But, true to the Rebbe’s words, Hirshy carries on, his smile tinged with sadness, his feet carrying him forward.

 

Who by the Land of Fire

Aharon Granot

For 32 days, Guy Gabay wandered the icy forests of Tierra del Fuego, subsisting on mushrooms, blueberries, and rainwater. While many back home assumed he was no longer alive, Guy was making his own personal journey. Alone with the rain, the ice, the animals and the hunger, Guy was learning a new language — the power of prayer, and the capacity to petition for salvation. Ten years after his amazing rescue, he’s still thanking Hashem.

 

Crowning Moments

Libi Astaire

While our coronation of the King of Kings is a ceremony of spirit, we humans still imagine a crown — perhaps we envision a most magnificent creation of gold and jewels? Do we think of the Crown Jewels? The royal crown of Louis XV? Throughout history, the crown made the king (unless he had to pawn it to cover bad debts).

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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 movemen
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?”