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A Long Message from a Short Life

Refoel Pride

Wednesday, October 22, 28 Tishrei. A vicious terrorist plows his car into a crowd of civilians. The immediate casualty was three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun. Still struggling to digest the horror that has irrevocably altered his children’s lives, Chaya Zissel Braun’s grandfather conveyed unshakeable emunah to the media that gathered outside the shivah home. And for all of us who can’t shake the image of that sweet face, the picture of innocence and trust, he has a message to share.

 

Has Fat Come Back?

Gila Arnold

We’ve been told for years that fat is the enemy, but recent studies indicate that thinking might be skewed. Sugar, it turns out, also contributes significantly to weight gain, the star ingredient in so many “low-fat” diet plans. In the frum community, both sugar and fat star prominently on our dinner tables. Is there a healthier way to eat, one in which taste isn’t substituted for health? We found out

 

Not Dead Yet: A Symposium

Edited by Gershon Burstyn

Is the Door Closing on Kiruv? That was the question we posed in our September 3 edition. Members of the editorial board had all heard varying reports of kiruv’s early demise. Baal teshuvah yeshivos were struggling, college kids in America no longer cared about their Judaism, iPhones were making young people iVacant. And almost as soon as the article was published, the letters started coming, mostly from kiruv professionals, raising objections.

 

A Candle Burns Bright

Mishpacha Contributors

When’s the last time 1 million Jews did anything together? The enormity of last week’s Shabbos Project happening wasn’t just that religious, once-a-year, lightly affiliated, and non-observing Jews sat around the same Shabbos table, sang the same Shabbos zemiros (with the aid of a booklet made available on the Shabbos Project website), and enjoyed sweet, satisfying divrei Torah alongside total strangers, but that any of this happened at all.

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Something from Nothing
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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?”