Mishpacha (Hebrew: משפחה, "Family") is a weekly Orthodox Jewish magazine published in Jerusalem. The Hebrew edition, founded in 1987, is part newspaper, but the English edition, founded in 2004, is a magazine. The Hebrew and English editions differ in content and style. Mishpacha reflects the various views of some parts of the Haredi public in Israel and the Diaspora.
Ownership and management
Mishpacha is owned by Eliyahu Paley, a Yerushalmi, together with the backing of a group of investors, mostly non-Orthodox.
As a Jewish publication that claims to speak for the Orthodox sector and that is not owned or controlled by a certain political movement or sector, it follows the guidance of rabbinical advisors who take responsibility for its content.
Editors and writers
- Eliyahu Paley, CEO of Mishpacha Publishing Group, has a background in Torah study and business. He studied full-time in the Hebron Yeshiva and kollel until the age of 26, when he initiated the Hebrew Mishpacha. Since 1990, he steadily developed Mishpacha from a small magazine to an international publication with a global readership. He lives with his family in Jerusalem.
- Rabbi Moshe Grylak, Editor-In-Chief, combines his background in Torah study with decades of experience in writing and speaking in his work for Orthodox Jewish outreach. Grylak studied in Kol Torah and the Ponovezher kollel, later teaching Torah in Brazil and in an Israeli Hesder yeshiva. For close to a decade, he penned a column in the secular Hebrew daily Maariv, presenting Torah ideals in a language and style targeted to the average Israeli. Grylak went on to found Yated Ne'eman and served as editor-in-chief for its first two years in print. In addition to writing over 20 sefarim on Judaism and Torah topics, he is also a novelist. For the past 12 years, he has served as editor-in-chief of Mishpacha. He lives with his family in Jerusalem.
- Shoshana Friedman, Managing Editor, English Edition, is a highly skilled writer and editor. A graduate of the exclusive Beth Jacob Jerusalem (BJJ), Friedman is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She is married to Rabbi Yosef Friedman, a posek and rav in Jerusalem.
- Yosi Elitov, Assistant editor, is a Chabad Hasid whose upbringing as the son of a rabbi gave him experience reaching out to fellow Jews.
- Binyamin Rose, News Editor, has been with the English edition since its inception in 2004. Originally from Passaic, New Jersey, he has a BA in journalism from New York University (1976) and spent nearly a decade as a print and broadcast journalist, winning awards from his employers at Associated Press for his news coverage. He then pursued a longtime interest in finance and turned it into a career, serving as an investment advisor at Dean Witter Reynolds in Miami, Florida, for eight years before making aliyah in 1993. Rose worked in money management and trading for his first five years in Israel, then took a leave of absence for two years to study in kollel in Safed. He moved to Jerusalem and returned to the working world in 2001. He spent three years as project manager for the JerusalemCom public relations firm before joining Mishpacha in March 2004.
- Mishpacha is also the name of a magazine published in Perth, Western Australia for ex-pupils of Carmel School, a Modern Orthodox and Zionist Jewish day school.
- Rose, Binyamin (June 19, 2013). "Binyamin Rose responds". Mishpacha (464). p. 12.
- Official website
- Shahar Ilan (July 12, 2006). המשפחה הרביעית [The Fourth Family]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). Retrieved August 21, 2014.