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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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Always Smile First
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Take the initiative, every time
Mike’s Message
Yonoson Rosenblum The 50th yahrtzeit of Mike Tress
Coming Detractions
Eytan Kobre “…Open and Orthodox, whatever that means”
In Her Place
Yisroel Besser Men outside and in the back
Beware of Declarations
Rabbi Shneur Aisenstark Transparency with children when making decisions
The Best You Can Be
Jacob L. Freedman When you’re just named Joe Shmo
Emojification
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Help! We’ve been captured by emojis!
Yechadshehu
Riki Goldstein The brachos of Shabbos Mevarechim
Just Because
Faigy Peritzman A Rule for the Entire Torah
In the Heat of the Moment
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When to intervene, when to not
Foundation of Gratitude
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles Three life-changing morning minutes
Hide and Veg
Shira Isenberg Peas and thank you!