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The Trees’ Hall of Fame

Libi Astaire

Meet some of the most celebrated trees in Jewish history — as well as a few that, despite their interesting stories, have remained in the shade

 

Seeds of Kindness

Mishpacha Readers

It was a small gesture. Yet it took root, sprouted, flourished. And became a towering tree. Twenty readers share acts of giving

 

Change of Heart: Chapter 7

Leora Hammer

I couldn’t believe she remembered me. “You’re a pretty unique case,” she said in explanation. “So young. And usually the cardioversion works”

 

Tempo: Seeds, Pits, and Patience

Z. Halberstadt

I don’t have a garden. Or a porch. I have a window ledge. Not ideal for projects of this scale

 

Map the Starlight: Chapter 34

Leah Gebber

He is a big man: his size always surprises her. But even with the broad shoulders and large hands, he looks frail

 

Facets: Chapter 25

Esther Kurtz

Rafi pulled a serious face. “Yes, I think it’s very funny that of all people you’ve befriended, you lucked into a rebbetzin”

 

On the House: Chapter 1

Faigy Schonfeld

That was the good part about working in a fleishig eatery, she thought, you get to start work at noon

 

Lifetakes: Walking in My Shoes

Avigail Rubin

A new pair of shoes can change your whole life, I’ve heard, quoting Cinderella, and I tend to agree



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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”