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Old Country, New Beginnings

Binyamin Rose

For years, the names Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa held sinister undertones for the Jewish nation, but the long, chilly history of Eastern Europe’s intolerance for Judaism has begun to thaw, and a new generation of Jews is once again openly studying Torah. Mishpacha gained a close-up glimpse of the blossoming of Torah in the former Soviet Union, and the impact of an innovative new learning program that brings the Chofetz Chaim’s words to life in the very country where he wrote them.

 

Keeping a White Collar Clean

Shimmy Blum

Investigations, prosecutions, and prison sentences for white collar (financial) crimes in America have spiked significantly in recent years, leaving many members of the Orthodox community with the feeling that they are being singled out. Mishpacha questioned some experts in the field to determine if this is fact or fantasy.

 

Rav Avigdor's Unlikely Chassidim

Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz

English speakers throughout the world still benefit from the wisdom and eloquence of Rav Avigdor Miller, ztz”l. But there’s an unlikely group of Yiddish speakers in a little pocket in Williamsburg who see Rav Miller as their rebbe, too. Led by Rav Avraham Shlomo Yavo, the chassidim of Nitei Avigdor retain their chassidish identities even as they imbibe the approach and ideals of an avowed Litvack. In honor of his rebbe’s tenth yahrtzeit, Rav Yavo shares his own memories of a precious relationship.

 

Letters from the Past, Fonts for the Future

Libi Astaire

All it takes is a quick stroll down a street in Jerusalem to see that Hebrew letters aren’t set in stone. Store signs, snacks, and even books all come with interesting letter treatments that are designed to catch the eye. But what goes into making a Hebrew typeface? And how has the computer age affected this ancient art? To find out, we’ve gone into the “teivah,” to take an inside look at the world of designing Hebrew letters.



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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”