The Key to Repentance Rav Reuven LeuchterBetween Elul and Yom Kippur, our thoughts are focused on repentance. We enter this period every year with the best of intentions, only to find our desire to change rapidly dissipates. Why does this happen? Is there a better way to translate our sincerest goals into something that lasts?
One Step Ahead
Shlomi Gil | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
A year after Professor David Kazhdan was knocked off the road by a hit-and-run semitrailer, he’s on his feet again, despite the dismal prognosis of the medical team who worked furiously to stabilize him. Launching a headstrong battle to get his life back, the mathematical genius learned about the resilience of the human spirit.
Light in the Valley of Tears
Esther Teichtal | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
A blind, penniless Holocaust survivor stumbles into England at the end of the war, half his family gone and his prospects nil. But what begins as a tragedy ends in triumph. Hershel Herskovic decided he’d continue living.
Forged by Their Faith
Mishpacha Contributors Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Teshuvah: Hashem's ultimate act of chesed, the opportunity to lift oneself onto a plane of timelessness, so that one can turn back the clock and reshape reality. In the following pages we find three courageous women, women who listened to the whispered stirrings of their souls and discovered the emunah that lay deep inside.
Not Enough Time
C. B. Gavant Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Shivah allows those who lost a loved one to focus exclusively on the person they lost, and to start processing the pain. But when a relative passes away close to Yom Tov, that process is aborted. Mourners share their experiences of the intermingling of personal sorrow and national joy.
Yosef Chaim’s Kapparot
Shira Yehudit Djlilmand Tuesday, September 30, 2014
“Catch the fish!” cried Reb Moshe. “They’re sliding back into the water!”
No one seemed very concerned about me, sitting drenched and fishy on the bottom of the boat, nor about the fact that I had been nearly eaten alive by a sea monster. They were just bothered about saving their precious fish for kapparot.
Don’t Be a Chicken
Shayna Friedman Tuesday, September 30, 2014
What could Yossi do? If his six sisters starting from Leah and ending with Sara’la found out he was afraid of holding his own chicken… Yossi tried not to think about it, but everywhere he looked were large signs proclaiming Kapparos, Live Chickens for Kapparos. Yossi shuddered.
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