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Sending Away a Piece of My Heart

Barbara Bensoussan

Every Rosh HaShanah, we read of Chanah’s agonizing years of childlessness and her famous, heartfelt prayer at the Beis HaMikdash. She held her baby, Shmuel, close for only a few short years, before she gave him over to the care of Eli HaKohein, “for Hashem.” Chanah’s act — giving up her only child for the sake of his future — is one that mothers through the centuries have emulated, as they press honey cakes and kisses on their beloved sons and tremulously raise their hands to wave goodbye.

 

With Stars in Her Hands: The Life of Rebbetzin Chaya Frankel a”h

Michal Eisikowitz

They came for her kigel, but stayed for her company. Basked in her company and found themselves growing closer to Hashem, and to each other. Rebbetzin Chaya Frankel was a pillar of kindness, a woman who touched the heavens even — or perhaps especially — as she doled out chicken soup and warmth to those who hungered for it.

 

High Hopes

As told to Esther Sender

When I heard about Simcha, an Orthodox wife and mother of seven who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, my first reaction was: “Why does a religious woman need to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro? Aren’t there enough mountains in our own homes,including the one in the laundry room, to conquer? Aren’t there starving people to help?” But only thirty seconds into our interview my attitude completely turned around.

 

The Book of Your Life

Chany Rosengarten

This time of year, your personal “book” is being opened and reviewed Above. Do you know what’s inside? Can you remember all your deeds and mishaps? Memoirists and those in the habit of keeping regular diaries have a real advantage: they’re practiced in the art of capturing memories



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Do You Know Where You’re Going?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak If Mrs. Esterhazy hadn’t gotten sick
Birthright Drops Reform
Yonoson Rosenblum The numbers tell the sad story
With Fresh Eyes
Eytan Kobre Members of an ever-tying people
Gift-Giving Guide
Yisroel Besser There’s a skill to giving a teacher a gift
Time for a Career Change
Jacob L. Freedman “How can a bochur even afford to smoke?”
Today I Am a (Learned? Committed?) Jewish Man
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are bar mitzvah celebrations good for the Jews?
Major in Mothering
Faigy Peritzman “How do you picture marriage? Discussing quantum theory?...
When Parents Disagree
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Connecting heart-to-heart when you don’t see eye-to-eye
En Route: Food for Thought
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The bread we eat today also comes from heaven
The Twins: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “Bead,” she says again, with a little smirk
Dear Acquaintance
Your Possible Friend at the Clinic Why do you make it harder for me — and for you?