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Can’t Believe My Eyes

B. Deer

Did you ever stare at a lightbulb for a long time, look away, and then see a blob of color for the next few seconds? Or see something out of the corner of your eye and then wonder if you really saw it? Look at the black-and-white grid (shown right). Do you see gray dots at each intersection? Are they really there? Move your head all the way to the side of the page and look again — do you still see them? What do the lightbulb story and the grid have in common? They both have to do with illusion.

 

Marvel of the Month: Fantastic Fungus

Yaakov Lubin

What do you think is the largest living thing on earth? You might guess a blue whale or a giant redwood tree, but you’d be wrong. The biggest thing in the world is… a huge fungus.

 

Jolly Solly

R. Atkins

Fishel and Faivish Friedman had left the front door of their house open — yet again. Mrs. Friedman had warned them countless times to close it behind them, but her words seemed to go in one ear and out the other.



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Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
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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