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Worth the Wait

Mishpacha Staff

Witness the chassid walking up to the rebbe’s home or the young man striding up to knock at the door of a gadol, his shoulders stooped, forehead lined with worry. See him later as he exits, his head held high, eyes bright as he strides out, a new man. This is what makes is a holy place, where the blessings of Heaven filter down through the tzaddik. So the heartbeat quickens as the visitor makes the final spiritual preparations, knowing that the eyes of the tzaddik will soon rest on him.

 

Forward March For The Rubashkins

Yisroel Besser

Over the past few years, images of the Rubashkin family have been freeze-framed in our consciousness: The meat plant. The raid. The living room. The courtroom scenes. The rallies…These scenes have been seared on our collective memory. The Rubashkins, though, have chosen to move forward. They’ve relocated and recalculated, adjusting the rhythm and routine of daily life to meet new challenges.

 

Chasing Shadows

Machla Abramovitz

From shadowy terrorist cells to lone wolves on the prowl, counter terrorist expert Fred Burton has seen them all, captured some, and has seen many of them come and go, in a career that has spanned the last 30 years. In this wide-ranging, exclusive interview, Burton separates fact from fantasy and shares his astute assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of America’s approach to fighting terror.

 

I Wanted to Be More than an Israeli, I Wanted to Be a Jew

Aharon Korn

Endalkachew Mamo led a relatively pampered childhood in Ethiopia, but he was thirsting for “something.” A chain of mishaps following a violent revolution that shook his native land resulted in his imprisonment, but eventually led to him receiving asylum in Israel. Once there, Endalkachew – now Ephraim ben Avraham – felt a magnetic attraction to the religious community, and he eventually followed his heart and converted to the religion that his soul had thirsted for since it joined the rest of us at Sinai.

 

In Search Of Dinah

Rachel Ginsberg

Ancient documents and a heavy dose of inspiration have convinced a team of researchers that they’ve rediscovered the holy graves of Dinah bas Yaakov and her brothers who rescued her. Over a thousand years ago, Jewish travelers — from the Baalei HaTosfos to the Ramban and his students — documented the site on the cliffs of Mt. Arbel. Have the mysterious graves suddenly reappeared?

 

Cache of the Day: Sivan

Sima Freidel Steinbaum



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The Yeshivah That Never Gives Up
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Nurturing every spark until it’s a full-fledged flame
He Loved to Do Good
Yonoson Rosenblum What it means to take responsibility for a fellow Jew
Out of Character
Eytan Kobre This gaping gap in my would-be wordsmithery niggles
Got Grit?
Alexandra Fleksher How can we help our kids get grittier?
10 Questions for Yoni Fishkin
Rachel Bachrach 15,000 minyanim, more than 6,500 locations, 70 countries
Lucky Day
Jacob L. Freedman Zaki got an addictive thrill from risking it all
Ghost of a Chance
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman He knew and she knew. And that was all that mattered
Giving All I Have
Riki Goldstein The song of unswerving faith
Rabbi Shloime Taussig: I’m never in the studio without…
Riki Goldstein “I make sure to do this before every job”
Last-Minute Decisions
Riki Goldstein How do entertainers know they made the right choice?
Preparation Makes Perfect
Faigy Peritzman The more we prepare, the more we can receive kedushah
Not Wanted
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Lectures usually don’t inspire — they backfire
Constant Creation
Rabbi Menachem Nissel The keys to life are safely in Hashem’s Hands
The Gardener: Part IV
D. Himy with Zivia Reischer “When there’s a pause in conversation, you can join in”