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Musings: Celebration of Life

Elana Rothberg

Her presence bespeaks poise and confidence, yet I wonder how much is a farce, and how much is pure, unadulterated bitachon

 

Oops!

As told to Shevy Hollander

I am just not a cheese person. It’s bad for my waistline, awful for my high cholesterol level, and I derive no enjoyment from it. But then I became a shvigger

 

Jumping Into Freefall: An Author Looks Back

Miriam Zakon

Freefall took me 12 months — and 25 years — to write. Now that it’s over, while other old and new responsibilities bang at my door, I’ll ignore the knocking for a bit and share a short retrospective on life during Freefall

 

Map the Starlight: Chapter 1

Leah Gebber

Did Jocef know the content of his father’s letter? And what is Mose trying to do, if not destroy her father?

 

Learning Curve: Chapter 49

Beginnings

Aviva comes home with the baby. She wonders about an over-the-top baby gift she receives from Yael. Naomi suggests a line of offense against Goldfeder

 

Grab the Reins: Chapter 8

Shoshana Schwartz

“Okay, all of you smokers. If you ever read the warning label on a package of cigarettes, keep your hand up.” No hands went down

 

Lifetakes: Blemishes and Beauty

Faigy Schonfeld

My article was published in a Shavuos magazine edition, one week before my wedding, and I blushed as I read it, smug and happy

 

The Ruth Revolution

Rabbi Menachem Nissel

Dovid Hamelech, ancestor of Mashiach, descended from Ruth, princess of the most depraved nation. Rav Moshe Shapira ztz”l explains why the greatest darkness brings us the greatest light

 

Satin & Steel

Leah Gebber

When Rav Yitzchak Dovid Grossman needed to marry off the orphaned girls he’d raised, he turned to his sister, Rebbetzin Rochel Nussbaum. A story of nerves of steel and yards of satin

 

What Makes Parenting Jewish?

Elisheva Appel

Is there a specifically Jewish approach to parenting? How can we establish what’s true to our mesorah, and when, if ever, can we borrow from secular wisdom?

 

My G-d Is Your G-d, My Kitchen is Your Kitchen

Riki Goldstein

When a non-Jew wants to follow Ruth’s example and join our Nation, there’s a long road ahead of her

 

Queen of a Stick

As told to Leah Gebber

I would never be able to fashion my husband into the man I had hoped to marry, a man focused on serving Hashem and being a family man. But I could be his friend. And maybe, he would be mine

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MM217
 
A Response to "Too Far from Home"
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Chareidi Israel is not happy to absorb immigrants”
Life after Kollel
Yonoson Rosenblum Remaining a ben Torah requires remaining a bar daas
Angel's Advocate
Eytan Kobre Because this is how’s it’s supposed to be always
Bring Back the Wonder
Yisroel Besser Look around and say, “Ribbono shel Olam, wow!”
Make Your Words Count
Rabbi Shneur Aisenstark This story delivers two sobering lessons for all of us
I Know of What I Speak
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman I would allow my mask to fall, my soul to be revealed
Meet the Tzaddik
Jacob L. Freedman “Aren’t there meds that can get him back to yeshivah?”
Two centuries later, the Chasam Sofer’s niggunim are heard again
Riki Goldstein The musical side of the Chasam Sofer dynasty
How Do You Think of These Words?
Riki Goldstein “For me, the words are the neshamah of the song”
The Song I Can't Stop Singing: Shlomo Simcha
Riki Goldstein “Which song are you connecting to this season?”
Megama Had the Magic
Riki Goldstein Remembering Moshe Yess a”h and Shalom Levine a”h
Living Beyond the Moment
Faigy Peritzman Someone steeped in Torah always lives beyond the moment
Uncertainty
Sarah Chana Radcliffe We can only be sure that we can never be sure
Instinctive Knowledge
With Rav Moshe Wolfson, written by Baila Vorhand Jewish babies are born knowing Hashem
The Gardener: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “It’s a secret language called body language”