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In Love with Life

Leah Gebber

Rebbetzin Zipa Lopian a”h was a woman as unexpected as her laugh. Eminently down to earth, yet utterly idealistic, she dispensed wisdom and friendship to the thousands who crossed the threshold of “number 30,” the home in Gateshead, England where she lived with her husband Rav Leib Lopian, rosh yeshivah of Gateshead Yeshivah and one of the foremost European gedolim of the previous generation

 

Downsize to Upgrade

Michal Eisikowitz

A table, some chairs, a folding cot — our succahs pass the minimalist test with flying colors. And for good reason: one of the themes of the Yom Tov is redefining our relationship with the physical. And the lessons we learn need not vanish once we take down our succahs; downsizing can enrich our life both physically and emotionally.

 

Home Alone

Rachel Bachrach

Our temporary home may only last the week of Succos, but some single girls live in temporary homes for years. Not yet married, but too old to live comfortably with parents, they live on their own, all the while hoping that they’ll soon be moving into a home they can share with their husband and the Shechinah.

 

Mother of the Star

Malki Lowinger

The lights dim, the curtain rises, and the orchestra strikes the opening chord. The audience silently leans forward, waiting. But there are some women who are not simply leaning; they are sitting at the edge of their seats. And when their child dances out from the wings, they breathlessly absorb a moment of absolute terror — and absolute nachas

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Declaring Bankruptcy
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Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”