Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

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.



MM217
 
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