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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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Not a Newspaper
Shoshana Friedman A deeper difference between newspapers and magazines
Services in Shards
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Such a painful, malicious lie!”
The Pittsburgh Protests: All Politics All the Time
Yonoson Rosenblum The old rule — “no enemies on the left” — still applies
Danger: School Crossing
Eytan Kobre The hypocrisy of YAFFED’s assertion is breathtaking
Real Laughter and Real Tears
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger The two sides of a life lived with emunah
Work/Life Solutions with Eli Langer
Moe Mernick I was proud to be “that guy with the yarmulke”
Is Ktchong! a Mitzvah? When Prayer and Charity Collide
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman These cannot both be done effectively at the same time
An Honest Shidduch
Jacob L. Freedman “Baruch Hashem I’m cured, and this will be my secret”
A Blessing in Disguise
Riki Goldstein “I never thought the song would catch on as it has”
Ishay and Motti Strike a Common Chord
Riki Goldstein Bringing together two worlds of Jewish music
What’s your favorite Motzaei Shabbos niggun?
Riki Goldstein From the holy and separate back to the mundane
Rightfully Mine
Faigy Peritzman Don’t regret the job you didn’t land; it was never yours
Growing Greener Grass
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurture your blessings and watch them blossom
My Way or the High Way
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt We know what we want — but do we know what He wants?