Yisroel Besser | Monday, October 06, 2014
We grace our walls with images of gedolim, men who inspired and taught the masses. Rav Shmuel Shmelka Taubenfeld was a different kind of gadol: He lived in relative isolation, far from the public eye, and his only pursuit was Torah. But the people he touched will forever carry his memory.
Legacy of Many Threads
Aryeh Ehrlich | Monday, October 06, 2014
They wear kippot serugot under their shtreimels, gartels over jeans or army fatigues. They are chassidim of the Pashkaner Rebbe, a sixth-generation descendant of Rav Yisrael of Ruzhin and husband of Rebbetzin Tziporah — daughter of the Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz. While Gilo isn’t exactly Bnei Brak, Rav Yisrael Friedman, who’s straddled many worlds in his 91 years, believes he’s been able to bridge major gaps in Klal Yisrael.
Home on the Range
Eytan Kobre | Monday, October 06, 2014
When people ask a heimish guy like Refoel Franklin what he’s doing on a farm in upstate New York, he doesn’t even get the question. “Why would anyone want to live in the city, when you can be out here in G-d’s country?” he asks in wonder. But it’s not like he’s living in isolation (although he did once spend a year living alone in a log cabin in the Montana hills): His slaughterhouse and dairy farm produce the only chicken and milk products some rebbes will eat.
7 on Seven: Shabbos Queens
Esther Teichtal Monday, October 06, 2014
It’s Shabbos. Not for one day, but for an entire year, a year of uncertainty, a year of emunah. Four farmers’ wives share the experience of shemittah near the fields — the change of pace, the change of focus. It’s a Shabbos of the Land, and they greet it eagerly.
7 on Seven: Beyond Sheva Brachos
Riki Goldstein Monday, October 06, 2014
A dreamy wedding, seven days of sumptuous meals, and hours to get to know each other — and then a couple is thrust into the pressures and tensions of regular living. Women reflect back on that critical year of shanah rishonah, and share advice on marriage, housekeeping, in-laws, and more.
7 on Seven: The Gift of Seven
As told to C.B. Gavant Monday, October 06, 2014
The days of shivah marched relentlessly forward, and somewhere through that blur of grief and consolation we realized that the date of Yanky’s death was seven years and two days after his accident at age four. Our strange conversation with the mekubal all those years ago came into startling relief. Seven years of life…seven extra years of life.
And that changed everything.
7 on Seven: Ruby Bottles of Mitzvos
Shoshana R. Meiri Monday, October 06, 2014
The Shivas Haminim, the seven species with which the land of Eretz Yisrael is blessed, have always had significance for Jews. Recently, research has proven the startling health benefits of pomegranates. One Manchester-based housewife has created an empire of chesed from the glistening seeds of the rimon.
7 on Seven: Three Thousand Shabbos Guests
As told to Leah Gebber Monday, October 06, 2014
More than the Jews have kept Shabbos, Shabbos has kept the Jews. The seventh day of the week is our island and oasis, an iron-strong bond to our Creator.
One woman wasn’t satisfied with sanctifying Shabbos on her own; she wanted to share the treasure with anyone who thirsted for it. Her initiative led to a Guinness World Record for the largest Shabbos meal ever recorded — illuminating thousands of hearts with its light.
C.B. Gavant Monday, October 06, 2014
History Highlights is a new and exciting history series for Mishpacha Jr. In it we travel back to visit important and famous Jewish towns, people, and times and look to be inspired by the greatness of our bubbes and zeides throughout the centuries,
S.Y. Einhorn Monday, October 06, 2014
Do you help decorate your family’s succah? Decorating succahs is a very special job. Many families put in tremendous effort to enjoy a beautiful succah. How would you like to hear about a famous succah in Monsey that takes toy succahs to a new level?
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