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A Visit to Neot Kedumim

C.B. Gavant

Have you ever wondered what Eretz Yisrael looked like in the days of the Avos and Imahos? Did you ever try to guess what Avraham’s eishel tree looked like, or how the chachamim knew which fruit was an esrog? To us city slickers, every tree and plant can look pretty much the same — how do we know which ones are unique to Eretz Yisrael? Wonder no more! In Neot Kedumim, the only biblical nature reserve in the world, 180 different kinds of plants and trees, all of them mentioned in Tanach, are on display.

 

A Succah on the Sea

Sara Miriam Gross

When Succos time comes around, we leave our homes and head into our temporary succahs. But some people don't live in strong, permanent homes during the year either. Mishpacha Junior spoke with Naomi Salle of Holland, whose family spent over two years living on a houseboat in Finland.

 

Let’s Pretend: The Most Special Decoration

Bracha Rosman

One by one the man took the decorations out of the box and placed them on the table. The decorations were as quiet as decorations could be. But the quiet wouldn’t last long…

 

A Chance To Dance

Rachel Newton

I was thirteen. I was also, to be politically correct, vertically challenged. And to top it all off, (let’s call a spade a spade), I was fat. Not a very winning combination for the stage, whichever way one looked at it.

 

The Invisible Girl

As told to Perl Hertz

Coming out of eighth grade, I had high hopes for my high school years. In eighth grade I was one of those girls who never really made it. I wasn’t particularly talented or smart or popular. I just was. Esther Goldstein.* Not exactly part of the scenery, but definitely not the type of girl who stuck out in any way.

 

Visions of Greatness

Bracha Rosman

Recording Happiness was created to bring joy into young patients’ lives through music. We give children who are suffering with a serious or chronic illness the unique opportunity to record their very own song, free of charge. We give the patient the option of recording music in my studio, or right there, in their hospital bed. Our goal is to allow these children to have a moment of relief and excitement in their difficult lives. We’re located in Clifton, New Jersey.

 

Curious Jr

Surela

Dear Readers, You have no idea how lucky you are to be reading this interview. At first, Lisa Farbstein, head of TSA (Transportation Security Administration), told us that it’s impossible to speak to a security officer. Security is top-secret stuff! One little leak — and everyone’s in big trouble … But somehow, someway, we got permission! So, sit back and enjoy!

 

Steps in the Right Direction

Rachel Stein

One sunny fall afternoon, a large, cream-colored envelope arrived in the Newmans’ mailbox. “Oh, look! It’s Sruli’s wedding invitation,” Tatty said, opening it eagerly. Tatty had only one brother, and Sruli, his oldest child, was getting married. “It would be so much fun to go,” Shalom remarked wistfully. “We haven’t seen their family in so long.”



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Not a Newspaper
Shoshana Friedman A deeper difference between newspapers and magazines
Services in Shards
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Such a painful, malicious lie!”
The Pittsburgh Protests: All Politics All the Time
Yonoson Rosenblum The old rule — “no enemies on the left” — still applies
Danger: School Crossing
Eytan Kobre The hypocrisy of YAFFED’s assertion is breathtaking
Real Laughter and Real Tears
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger The two sides of a life lived with emunah
Work/Life Solutions with Eli Langer
Moe Mernick I was proud to be “that guy with the yarmulke”
Is Ktchong! a Mitzvah? When Prayer and Charity Collide
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman These cannot both be done effectively at the same time
An Honest Shidduch
Jacob L. Freedman “Baruch Hashem I’m cured, and this will be my secret”
A Blessing in Disguise
Riki Goldstein “I never thought the song would catch on as it has”
Ishay and Motti Strike a Common Chord
Riki Goldstein Bringing together two worlds of Jewish music
What’s your favorite Motzaei Shabbos niggun?
Riki Goldstein From the holy and separate back to the mundane
Rightfully Mine
Faigy Peritzman Don’t regret the job you didn’t land; it was never yours
Growing Greener Grass
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurture your blessings and watch them blossom
My Way or the High Way
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt We know what we want — but do we know what He wants?