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“They Know I Stick To My Guns”

Shoshana R. Meiri

Joe Lobenstein — former borough councilor, mayor, Agudah and kehillah activist, long-time askan and journalist — still remains a canny communal campaigner, and his political acuity, age notwithstanding, is as sharp as ever. One of the first frum Jews to receive the monarchy’s coveted MBE honor, he’s spent the better part of the century advocating for his community within a borough council which, before he entered politics, was virtually oblivious to the needs of the Jewish community.

 

Vigil on the Northern Front

Avi Friedman

Hizbullah has no desire to collect garbage or provide electricity for the Lebanese, but it can disrupt civilian life at a whim. Although it’s rare for a Jew to visit either Lebanon or Iraq these days, political analyst Jonathan Spyer has spent time in both countries — safety notwithstanding — and gives his take on why Hizbullah remains a fringe terrorist network rather than enforcing a political takeover.

 

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

An unstoppable foe has invaded the US. As thousands suffer from the trauma of these little warriors — better known as bedbugs — the traditional “Sleep well, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite” is no longer a joke. And these bloodsucking bugs are no respecters of religion or rank; rich and poor, Jew and non-Jew, secular and chareidi — everyone is suffering. Mishpacha investigates how the frum communities of New York and New Jersey are faring in the bedbug battle.

 

Pursuing Mental Health… Religiously

Braha Bender

Harvard psychologist Dr. David Rosmarin has used empirical research to prove that religion can be the best psychotherapy. “It doesn’t matter whether a patient is Jewish or not,” he says. “When an individual of any background has these beliefs, it impacts his psychological state.” While the field of psychotherapy has traditionally been hostile to religion, Dr. Rosmarin’s research is proving that religious beliefs and practices can be a coping source in times of stress.

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