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Categories News magazine
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 500,000
Publisher The Mishpacha Group
Founder Eliyahu Paley
Year founded 1984
Based in Israel
Language English, Hebrew
Website http://www.mishpacha.com/
OCLC number 57819059

Mishpacha (Hebrew: משפחה‎, "Family") is the flagship magazine in a weekly magazine package produced by The Mishpacha Group in both English and Hebrew.


The Mishpacha Publishing Group was founded in 1984 with the publication of the Hebrew Mishpacha magazine. Publisher and CEO Eli Paley teamed with Rabbi Moshe Grylak towards the goal of producing a magazine that would serve as a conduit for the exchange of ideas and values between the varying streams within Jewish orthodoxy,[1] among them the Hasidic, Yeshivish, Sephardic, and Modern Orthodox communities. With no other weekly or monthly magazines geared towards Orthodox Jewish readership at that time, Mishpacha quickly gained popularity, in effect launching the Jewish Orthodox magazine industry.[2]

First beginning as a monthly, it became a weekly in the beginning of 1991.[3]

The English Mishpacha launched in 2004 with a weekly package including the flagship Mishpacha Magazine and Mishpacha Junior. Mishpacha was the first full-color weekly magazine targeting the Anglo-Orthodox population worldwide, with the standalone children's magazine also serving as an innovation. Family First, introduced to the package in 2005, was also the first of its kind, a full-color weekly magazine by and for Jewish women.[4]

Mishpacha frequently addresses social problems. For example, it has addressed issues such as the shababniks (Haredi street youth) and violence in the family; and has waged a battle against educational institutions’ discrimination against Mizrahim and the newly religious. But it brings up these issues without mentioning names, so no one will be hurt.[3]

Mishpacha's publications, as a rule, do not print photos of women. There have been rare exceptions to this. For example, when Hillary Clinton was running for president against Donald Trump, the magazine chose to print her face, although very obscured by a blue field. This policy is a break from Jewish tradition. Prior to 1990, most Orthodox publications , such as the Jewish Observer of the Agudas Yisroel of America[5], would regularly include photos of women.

Some attribute the significant increase in Haredim joining Israel's army to Mishpacha as well as mental health awareness and mental health services access over the past decade amongst Orthodox Jewish populations to the public dialogue stimulated by Mishpacha magazines and other Jewish publications such as Ami.[6][7] Mishpacha has been banned by many rabbinical leaders[8] [9] including Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv.[10] However, Mishpacha has turned to the rabbinical court of the Haredi community (Badatz) which forbade harassment of the magazine.[3] Haaretz, the newspaper of Israel's secular left, describes the Hebrew version of Mishpacha as one of the "most powerful" newspapers in the Haredi community.[11]


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