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The Solar System

Ray Rivlin

Do you ever look up into the sky and wonder what’s going on up there? Whatever you can see in the sky looks tiny, but that’s just because it’s millions of miles away. The sun, the moon, the stars and all those other objects up there, which we cannot see so clearly or cannot see at all, are actually enormous. The Sun alone is one million times bigger than the earth where you and I live!

 

Professor Turnabout —1688: Isaac Newton’s New Telescope

Avigail Sharer

Swish! The door opens and I step outside. I’m back in England—again (good thing I’m learning to understand the accent), but for a change, nothing too extraordinary is in the air. There’s no smell of gunfire, no boom of cannons, and I’m not standing in a dungeon, but in a pretty garden with quite a few weeds. Oh, hang on. There’s somebody there, sitting in the middle of the lawn, with his head in his hands. What can be the matter?

 

Zeidy Zakon: Up, Up, Up to Masada

Rabbi Nachman and Miriam Zakon

Let’s get ready. Come into the machsan. What’s that? The storage room. Most Israeli apartments have one. It’s like a basement, but the size of a big closet. Okay, everybody in. We need equipment for this tiyul (trip). What kind of equipment? Hiking shoes, binoculars, water bottles, hats, backpacks and sunglasses. Boy, that’s a lot of stuff. Where are we going? Interesting place. We’re going up a sheer rock face in the Judean desert, on the snake path. It’s only a five mile hike straight up. NO



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Think It Through
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Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
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The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
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Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
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Touch of Light
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