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Reaping Strong Returns: How Avrohom Biderman Found Himself Chairman of Shuvu

Yisroel Besser

He’s been charged with balancing the books of New York City and was selected by Mayor Ed Koch to head the city’s housing commission. Yet for Avrohom Biderman, an investment banker who is a chairman of this week’s Agudah Convention, the most challenging and fulfilling item on his resume is the job he never applied for — a job handed to him by Rav Avrohom Pam, ztz”l. As chairman of Shuvu, Reb Biderman describes how the fundraising burdens are offset by the satisfaction of seeing his rebbi’s dream come true.

 

Sacred Contracts: The Ketubah Art of Albert Hakakian

Barbara Bensoussan

Couples from around the world come to him, looking for a ketubah that is not simply a legal document, but a work of art reflecting the deep commitment of their hearts. “A ketubah is a sacred contract,” says artist Albert Hakakian. “I want to create a ketubah that’s beautiful in Hashem’s Eyes.”

 

Hanging On By A Fringe: The Responses

Five weeks ago, Mishpacha brought the communal focus onto a demographic that hadn’t received much attention in the frum community: the growing numbers of "dispassionate Jews" – youngsters who go through the motions and wear the uniform of mainstream Yiddishkeit, but who have no internal connection to religion. The response to the article – in the form of letters, calls, and comments posted in several venues – was overwhelming. We present some samples of the most compelling responses.

 

Israel’s Security Umbrella Closes Before the Storm

Yonoson Rosenblum

Sometime before the extended three-month settlement freeze in Israel is up, President Obama is expected to release a map with his assertions of where the borders between Israel and a state of Palestine should be drawn. Security experts contend that Israel will be left with little wiggle room, but major anxieties.

 

A Life Of Majesty And Mystery: An Appreciation of Rav Yitzchok Hutner

Rabbi Yaakov Feitman

Three decades have passed since Rav Yitzchok Hutner, ztz”l, left the world. Was he primarily a chassid, was he more intellectual or emotional, Maharalian or Gra, mussar or Ramchal? Those who merited a personal relationship with the author of Pachad Yitzchok and founder of Mesivta Chaim Berlin attest that he was the embodiment of extraordinary. Rabbi Yaakov Feitman, one privileged talmid, shares his own recollections of the Rosh Yeshivah who revitalized the study of hashkafah and left a unique legacy.



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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without