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Insurmountable Obstacles

Avi Friedman

Forty-three years after Jews around the world were horrified by Jordan’s extensive desecration of the ancient cemetery on Har HaZeisim (the Mount of Olives), damage at the burial ground of prophets, rabbis, chassidic masters, and thousands of ordinary Jews has yet to be fully corrected. Can a coalition of religious and secular Israelis and Americans prod the government to restore Har HaZeisim to its former glory?

 

Sing, Moishele, Sing!

Yisroel Besser

Aside from the classic cantorial clothing he wears until this very day, Chazzan Moshe “Moishele” Kraus has worn many hats: that of a Munkaczer talmid basking in the warmth and greatness of the Minchas Elazar, and shockingly, just a few years later, that of an IDF officer. But wherever he has gone in his long and fruitful career, he has always been doing the same thing: regaling and uplifting Jews — great Torah leaders and children in Bergen-Belsen the same — with his mellifluous voice.

 

Friends and Strategic Partners: An interview with Matthew Gould, British Ambassador to Israel

Binyamin Rose

Matthew Gould is the first Jew to serve as Britain’s ambassador to Israel, but he is not the first ambassador to invest time and effort to understand the interests and viewpoints of Israel’s growing chareidi community. In fact, he considers it an essential ingredient of how successful he will be in his job.

 

Three Men with a Wildes Streak: The family business of Leon, Michael, and Mark Wildes

Barbara Bensoussan

The talents and accomplishments of celebrated immigration attorney Leon Wildes and his two sons, Michael and Mark, aren’t limited to the legal profession. The Wildes streak for helping Jews in need has benefitted a diverse group that includes celebrities, Iranian escapees, Englewood teens, and the spiritually parched young singles of Manhattan. In a fascinating conversation, the Wildes family opens a window to their true family business: helping other Jews.

 

Travelers in a Kosher Pickle

Libi Astaire and Mishpacha Staff

For the kosher traveler, finding an eatery or appropriate accommodations anywhere in the world seems as easy as clicking a mouse. Does that mean that the suitcases full of tuna and salami are a relic of the past? One thing is for sure. A traveler can never be too careful.



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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