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Facing Judgment

Riva Pomerantz

Rosh HaShanah. The day which will set in motion all the myriad events that will play out over the course of the year. Do we truly appreciate the courtroom in which we stand each Rosh Hashanah, as every deed is judged, every verdict recorded? These four true vignettes reflect the awesome power of the Judge who sees and knows all. Here we glimpse gnawing fear, desperate hope, and ultimate results.

 

Yekkish Royalty on American Shores

Libi Astaire

During Yamim Noraim, Jews everywhere plead to be written down in the Book of Life. In the 1930s inGermany, that plea took on a special poignancy, and one family—the family of Rav and Rebbetzin Shimon Schwab — received the answer to their prayers on the fourth of Tishrei, 1936. Their daughter, Mrs. Judith Rosenberg, recalls growing up in the home of Yekkish royalty.

 

Making an Impact

Michal Eisikowitz

The Jewish People are perpetual dreamers. We see what should’ve been done, must be done, could be done. We wish for a holier, kinder, and more considerate world. But some folks out there don’t just think big — they act big. Their lamenting triggers transformative initiatives that effect profound change in their communities. As a new year approaches, Family First takes a look at some of the recent spiritual initiatives in our communities, running the ambit of teshuvah, tefillah, and tzedakah.

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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod