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What Does Money Mean to You?

Sara Glaz

We all like to believe we make financial decisions rationally, but more often than not, it’s our emotions controlling our wallets, not our bank accounts. A look at common money scripts, how they are written, and what we can do to alter them.

 

Take Two

Esther Teichtal

“You will never bear children of your own,” the professor stated unequivocally, fingers riffling through the file of test results and medical imagery. “Tami is unable to get pregnant.” The news ripped into Tami and Asif Ben Yishai like a submerged iceberg on a pitch black night; viciously and with scant warning. Until that moment, Tami and Asif had been flying high — she, the darling of the fashion industry; he, a professional soccer player. With the professor’s dire prediction, all began to unravel.

 

Just Add Joy

Libi Astaire

When Jamie Geller named her latest cookbook Joy of Kosher, it wasn’t just a clever takeoff of the classic nonkosher cookbook Joy of Cooking. Her book really is a winning combination of great-tasting kosher dishes and enthusiasm for joyous Torah living — and it’s giving Jews from all walks of life a generous serving of inspiring food for thought.

 

Smarter Small Talk

Gila Arnold

Do social situations leave you feeling insecure and awkward? Free your inner social butterfly from its cocoon by mastering the art of small talk.

 

All Natural

As told to Faigy Schonfeld

Large, scary, black-and-blue marks don’t have to mean leukemia, I tell myself. I stand by the bathroom mirror and inspect my arms. Okay, it is a little frightening. I sigh and turn the faucet on; I’ve got to brush my teeth and get some sleep before Avi wakes for his midnight snack. I rinse my mouth. There’s blood in the sink. The mirror confirms; my gums are bleeding. More blood pools in the sink. I give up, a little disgusted, and head for bed.

 

What it’s like to be a Playgroup Morah

Rachel Bachrach

She’s warm, motherly, and tons of fun. She has loads of songs and projects and games up her sleeve, and she’s a veritable fount of information for your toddlers and preschoolers. Meet three women who have spent years (or decades) introducing your children to Yamim Tovim, wiping their tears when they fall, and teaching them everything from alef to tav.



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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without