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Empty Bottles and Full Hearts

Yisroel Besser and Dovid Sussman

It may be a yeshivah, a chassidic court, or just an ordinary Jewish home: if it’s Purim, there is joy … and music. So let’s turn to those who make the music, the singers and musicians who stand for hours, investing their energy and heart into ensuring that the Shoshanas Yaakov continues to experience that euphoria, the simchah that always was and ever will be — even when the world is filled with the Ultimate Light.

 

Sculpting Faces and Futures

Rhona Lewis

Silicone noses, facial masks, acrylic eyes … No, we’re not in a costume shop. Welcome to the world of facial prosthetics, where art, science, and technology are restoring dignity to victims of trauma, cancer survivors, and others.

 

Our Man at the UN

Michal Ish Shalom

The United Nations is not usually considered a friend of the Jewish People. Yet Professor Moishe Zvi Reicher, World Agudath Israel’s representative to the UN from 1995 to 2004, managed to work from within the organization to advocate on behalf of his people. How did this modern-day Mordechai do it, and on a shoestring budget that would make a tyrant laugh? Professor Reicher says he was motivated by Mordechai’s entreaty to Queen Esther.

 

Role Reversal

Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Rosen

The Purim Rav has his day of glory once a year. If he’s not careful, the consequences can be catastrophic; yet at other times he can be a vehicle for salvation and annulling evil decrees. Who chooses him? What are his qualifications? And how does the real rav feel when the Purim Rav steps into his shoes?



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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
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Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
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Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without