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A Mother at Twilight

As told to Riva Pomerantz

This happy, loving, playful puppy is my son. Drawn to the magic of his singular charm, we laugh and bask in the sunlight of his twinkling eyes. This writhing, gnawing dragon is my son. Slashing, smashing, leaving a trail of blood and tears behind, he rips through heart and home.

 

Reinventing Myself

Sara Miriam Gross

As a child in Sweden, Chana Sharfstein watched her family rescue embers from a flaming Europe. She then moved to Crown Heights, built a beautiful family of her own, and became an author, tour guide, and more, in her continued quest to illuminate the past as she educates future generations.

 

Growing Pains

Zehava Kaner

Your daughter flies off to seminary in Israel for the year … and returns a changed woman. She dresses differently, won’t eat certain hechsherim, and davens for hours. How to tell if the changes in her behavior are healthy, tips on diffusing any tension, plus ways to make her homecoming a smooth one.

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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
Words Unspoken I could say, “Welcome to real life, honey!” as I notice ...