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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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Locked Up for Saving Lives
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Kidney-shaped kindness
Selling a Defective Product
Yonoson Rosenblum To play or not to play
Out of the Booth of Truth
Eytan Kobre “Entries into and exits from the succah”
Take 5: Business Tips from Peloton COO Tom Cortese
Prepared for print by Shira Isenberg Invigorate a “sleepy industry” with innovation
Ten Questions for Shmuel Bisk
Rachel Bachrach A good mortgage broker can save you NIS 100,000
That Elusive Mr. Right
Jacob L. Freedman “I’m calling because you got it all wrong!”
Home Front Command
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Another victim of Hurricane Harvey
Say What?
Faigy Peritzman The language of the heart
The Business of Marriage
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Don’t squelch your spouse’s financial dreams
Will My Children Be Good Spouses?
Sara Eisemann Forgive yourself for imperfect children
The Pastry Chef: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP And Zivia Reischer Red thoughts, green thoughts