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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
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.
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.
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