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The Fulcrum of Fear

Sara Pardes

“Unesaneh tokef, let us proclaim the power of this day’s holiness…” Three women describe having their lives overturned, facing their deepest fears — and finding Hashem beside them

 

The Rabbi’s Right Hand

C. B. Lieber

Shul rebbetzins give of their time, their energy, their family life — and yet, they say, they wouldn’t have it any other way

 

My Most Meaningful Shema

Mishpacha Contributors

The first tefillah a Jew learns… the last he recites. Six words that encompass a lifetime

 

Sparks in the Sky

As told to Rivka Streicher

We land and head straight for Ichilov hospital. Shealtiel is frighteningly still, white, surrounded by beeping — blood pressure, intracranial pressure — all hopelessly out of whack

 

Musings: Ready When You Are

Rochel Grunewald

Not ready for the blast, the awakening. Not ready for the wrenching sobs from tens of dozens of people who must be better prepared

 

Windows: A Place to Play

Adina Weiss

No one else noticed I was there. But I didn’t mind; it was okay this way. Until it all changed

 

Grab the Reins: Chapter 24

Shoshana Schwartz

“The main thing I learned from our group was how mood can affect us. And that people do things to make themselves feel safe”

 

Map the Starlight: Chapter 17

Leah Gebber

Clara comes up to her, snatches the parchment from Aster’s sash, unfurls it. The strength is gone from Aster’s hands, otherwise she would snatch it back

 

Facets: Chapter 8

Esther Kurtz

“Well, you didn’t nix it off the bat, so that means you’re considering it, and I’m wondering why. You’d usually just laugh”

 

Lifetakes: I Am the Tefillah

Gayil Rose

Mussaf starts, the table is full, yet I feel so alone. The room has been cleansed of a whole decade of women, the twenty-pluses



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With All Due Respect
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The honor of every human being
What We Lost
Yonoson Rosenblum A long view, a larger perspective
Reprobate Return
Eytan Kobre Loyalty to the true and the morally upright
My Own Gentle Giant
Jacob L. Freedman Finn smirked. “Do whatever you want, Dr. Israel”
Individually United
Faigy Peritzman Two contradictions classify the Korban Pesach as a chok
Hearing Problems
Sarah Chana Radcliffe In fight mode, you may hear attacks never said
An Equal Focus
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles Remaining true to our most authentic feminine selves
The Marketer, Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “I’m late, my work is late, I come to meetings late”
Dear Neighbor and Friend
Words Unspoken I know you’ve been given challenging kids