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Theme Section: A Seed Sprouts — 8 True Stories

A seed dropped into loamy soil, covered with dark, fragrant earth A word, a deed, an image, dropped into the fertile field of a heart A month, a year, a decade passes Tiny green shoots peep out of the ground Nestling inspiration takes root, tendrils stretch toward the sunlight—and grow upward

 

Take Two Plants and Call Me in the Morning

Libi Astaire

Houseplants aren’t just pleasant to look at. They can also clear the air of pollutants and create a happier, healthier environment in your home. Read on for top picks.

 

The Secret Keepers

Margie Pensak

Planning even the simplest date, marriage proposal, or wedding is complicated enough. It gets even trickier when it involves a top-secret surprise. There is a cadre of professionals not only willing to keep your secret, but also to help make your surprise a reality. Here, they share their secrets (but not yours).

 

Raise a Financial Whiz Kid

Sara Glaz

How often have you felt that your child thinks money grows on trees? Here, creative ways to help children of any age become financially aware and responsible.

 

Made in Heaven

As told to Chany Rosenberg

Dating in the chassidish world baffles, mystifies, and is even looked upon askance by many. But in fact, it works, and works well. One chassidish girl’s dating diary, as well as a description of the system.

 

Flashing Back on Flashback

Riva Pomerantz

After weeks of desperately praying, fruitlessly brainstorming, and shooting down dozens of potential plotlines before they could fully hatch, the story of Flashback came to me. Literally, in a flash of inspiration.



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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you