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Mic Drop

Heather Dean with Leah Gebber

On the one side were opportunities that couldn’t be duplicated: access to the biggest celebrities, parties, perks, a job I loved and at which I excelled. On the other was the image of the Jewish home I wanted to build one day, and the profound feeling of wholeness I had in Jerusalem.

 

Growth Charts

Elisheva Appel

We set out to understand what growth and connection to Torah mean to women, and how that understanding develops with time

 

Threads of Eternity

Esther Teichtal

Chana Gamliel designs parochos that adorn shuls around the world. And those threads close the circle of her own family legacy

 

SisterSchmooze: Of Bloopers and Blooms

Marcia Stark Meth / Emmy Leah Stark Zitter / Miriam Stark Zakon

Come join us as we remember how we got past the hitches and glitches surrounding weddings long past, flower girls and “flower boys” now all grown up

 

Tempo Fiction: Where You Will Go

Rivka Streicher

She looks old. My Heddie, my baby. The joke curdles. Hip hip, whatever, hip hip hooray. We’re all aging here in this old house

 

Dreamscapes: Become a Jew

Elisheva Appel

There were some blank spaces in our family history. My mother always referred vaguely to a family secret, but I never took it too seriously

 

Windows: The Kosel Kiddush Club

Norma L. Noiman

Every Shabbos at 8 a.m. Chaya bursts forth, waving her arms overhead frenetically and intoning some well-meaning but inane advice to all assembled

 

A Stone’s Throw: Chapter 7

Faigy Gold

As I passed, I nodded hello and even ventured a “Chodesh tov.” He looked at me, and suddenly held up his hand. The whole line stopped

 

Map the Starlight: Chapter 49

Leah Gebber

Most of these converts have taken the faith only because they faced a prison sentence or crippling fine. Convert to the true faith, and all charges are dropped

 

Center Stage: Chapter 7

Gila Arnold

“Not behaving today, are we?” she asked. “Yoo-hoo, girls!” She raised her voice. “Morah’s been trying to get your attention for 15 minutes already!”

 

On the House: Chapter 16

Faigy Schonfeld

“Hello, princess,” Daddy sang, when he noticed her. “What did you eat today? An egg? Can I get you something more sensible?”

 

Lifetakes: Ready to Receive

Devorah Grant

Knowing that hundreds of us were making our way on foot to the last remaining Wall made it all connect somehow. I had to come back



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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”
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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!”
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
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz