Army of One
Yisroel Besser | Tuesday, April 08, 2014
He consults with presidents and senators, meets secretly with kings and generals. Malcolm Hoenlein is arguably the most powerful Jewish official in the United States, but he travels without a bodyguard and although he's easily accessible, he conceals more than he reveals.
Thank You, Shanghai
Shimon Breitkopf, Shanghai, China | Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Less than a month before they would sit down to the Seder to celebrate the holiday of liberation, an unusual delegation headed by Rav Chaim Walkin set out to the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai. Seventy years before, their families had found an unlikely refuge from the Nazis in this foreign city. Now they’d returned — to say thank you.
Insider from the Outside
Eytan Kobre | Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Early in his sociology career, Professor William Helmreich went back to the beis medrash in order to study what makes yeshivos tick. Seven years and hundreds of interviews later, he published the book that remains academia’s sole portrait of the yeshivah world. But it is the memories of the never-published conversations with the greatest roshei yeshivah of the past generation that still stir his heart and mind.
Make a Name for Yourself
Libi Astaire | Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Some see in their family name a calling, a value system, or point of pride. It’s not just an appendage; it’s part of their identity. What stories do our names reveal about hidden histories and a precious past?
Catch a Falling Star
Rachel Ginsberg | Tuesday, April 08, 2014
How do former child stars navigate life after the glitz and glitter is gone?
As he took his bows, he knew it would be his last performance. He put down the mike that had become his best friend, high-fived the sound technician, put his nose into the heavy curtain with its magical theater smell, took in the last breath of backstage air, threw his costume into the pile, and waved a casual goodbye to the new, younger blood — knowing they were taking his place.
He was a has-been. And he was just 14.
Shemittah is its Own Reward
Binyamin Rose | Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Farming is a risky business. Crops can be deluged by a torrential downpour, devoured by locusts, or dried on the vine. So what do Israeli farmers stand to gain by laying down their plowshares for an entire year?
Shabbos with Gaavad
Aryeh Ehrlich | Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Ten years ago, the Eidah Hachareidis of Jerusalem selected Rav Yitzchok Tovia Weiss, dayan in Antwerp, as its next leader. People wondered how the mild-mannered European rav, a child survivor of the Holocaust, would lead the most vocal and unbending group of the Holy Land. But Rav Weiss emerged as a fearless warrior for everything sacred.
During a rare Shabbos in the Gaavad’s home, he reflected on the personalities and experiences that shaped his aristocratic manner — and his relentless insistence on tru
Leah Gebber Thursday, April 03, 2014
Planted, tended, nurtured — tendrils appear; new buds stretch for the sunlight. A rain of exquisite white blossoms bursts forth. Deep within the human soul, growth is planted, tended, nurtured. Blossoms give way to the breathtaking fruits of greatness: connection, courage, breadth of vision, loftiness of spirit. Family First traces the growth and greatness of Mrs. Ettel Salomon a”h.
Stay Out or Speak Up?
Michal Eisikowitz Thursday, April 03, 2014
“Open your wallet and zip your mouth” is the blunt advice given to new mothers of marrieds. It seems straightforward — until life happens. Married children may be adults, but they’re inexperienced. When you see them making choices you’re sure are leading to disaster, are you meant to remain silent? We presented five common scenarios to seasoned experts. Each offers a valuable direction and perspective.
A Constant Awareness
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Thursday, April 03, 2014
If anyone ever offers you a penny for your thoughts, walk away. I can show you the path to a far sweeter deal, with the promise of infinite returns.
The Jr. Journey
C.B. Gavant Thursday, April 03, 2014
Hi everyone! We’re celebrating Mishpacha’s 10th anniversary, so welcome aboard the Jr. memory train. Join us as we travel through the annals of Mishpacha Jr. history, meeting up with old friends, and swapping stories with new ones!
Jr. Tales: Open-and-Shut Case
Rachel Stein Thursday, April 03, 2014
“I wish we could just stay outside today.” Adina sighed and fell into step beside Tehila. “It’s stunning weather, and we have to be all cooped up.”
Then she remembered something else that was bothering her. “Even when I go home, I have so much work to do! Cleaning! Ugh!”
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