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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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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
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