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Just One Shabbos

C. Rosenberg

It’s only a single Shabbos, yet participants find that the impact of one incredible weekend can fortify them for months. What makes shabbatonim so powerful?

 

Flying with the FlyLady

Riki Goldstein

Do you rue the fact that your house only looks good for two minutes after candle lighting? Meet Marla Cilley, aka FlyLady, who has helped thousands to get — and keep — their homes neat and inviting

 

SisterSchmooze: Tales from the Cholent Pot

Marcia Stark Meth / Emmy Stark Zitter / Miriam Stark Zakon

Call it the miracle of the cholent pot. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, carnivorous, or celiac, whether you’re Sephardic, yekkish, or chassidish, there’s always plenty of cholent to go around. Join the Sisters for some Shabbos Schmoozing

 

Whispers: Chapter 16

Shira Hart

“You sound like you’ve had an interesting life,” the instructor said, giving me a look that was a cross between astonishment and pity

 

Getting the Rise

Nechama Elbaz

She’d passed on shiurim, begged off friends’ invitations, wrapping herself in the new threads of marriage, tight to choking. There was that part of her that wanted her life to revolve around his. She wanted him to be her sun, to let all the other planets fall out of orbit.

 

In Charge at the Shabbos Table

Tzivia E. Adler

The system of tying “sitting next to Mommy or Tatty” to “serving and clearing up for Mommy and Tatty” taught my children that privilege is tied to responsibility, and while fighting over the right to the best seat didn’t go away entirely, it was dramatically reduced

 

House of Mirrors: Chapter 4

Rachael Lavon

Laylee’s father demands a plan about the shul, which Gavi ad-libs. He pledges half the sum to Gavi and Laylee if the community pays the other half

 

Freefall: Chapter 28

Miriam Zakon

At the hotel for Shabbos, Annie tells her father about the telegram announcing Bella’s death and the need to find a Jewish home for her children. Papa immediately orders Moe to arrange for the children to come to the hotel. Moe refuses, saying he’s a soldier and he won’t be able to take care of it. Harry suggests that they ask his father, who’s just been promoted, to intercede.

 

Learning Curve: Chapter 21

Gila Arnold

Yael spends Shabbos at her parents’ home and makes demeaning comments about her sister-in-law. Ephraim gets angry at her, and tells her she should be more like his sister. Suri takes a phone call at the clinic from a new speech client — who specifically wants Aviva as a therapist

 

As You Light Your Flames

Rayzel Reich

Listening to Baba’s story, her words penetrated deeper than any mussar speech. Because Baba is so… real. Beneath her petite frame, my grandmother is a very powerful person. Passionate. No weak, hazy, beliefs; when Baba believes something, she lives it in every breath she takes

 

Watch Out: Birthday Ahead

Abby Delouya

Your birthday can trigger a lot more than a party. Especially when approaching a new decade, birthdays can be loaded, stirring up a range of emotions and reactions



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