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Straight From the Heart

Rochel Gross

Chazal tell us that the Satan has permission to speak badly about us on every single day of the year, besides for one — Yom Kippur. In fact, the numerical value of the word “HaSatan” (the Satan) is 364 — that’s 365 (days in a year) — minus one. That’s why we spend most of the day davening on Yom Kippur — with no one to impede us, we know that our heartfelt tefillos will go straight to the Heavenly throne. Let’s take a close-up look at some of the Yom Kippur tefillos.

 

A Different Kind of Change

Rhona Lewis

The floor of the Neve Menuchas HaZahav old age home shone brightly, as usual. A group of elderly ladies sat crocheting in their designated spot near the drooping palmettos. Brochah watched as pale, gnarled fingers pulled thread over the needles and downwards meticulously but painfully slowly. Sarah nudged her hard and thrust her chin out in the direction of Rav Meyer, a survivor of the horrors ofAuschwitz. His broad shoulders hunched forward over a large tome of Gemara, defying anyone to remove it.

 

Once Upon a Time

Nachman & Miriam Zakon

Awesome, fascinating, absolutely amazing, and just plain interesting events that happened in Tishrei.

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Man to Man
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Each mitzvah counts because they all have one Source
PC Where It Hurts
Yonoson Rosenblum The IDF is sacrificing its own strength for secularism
In Its Clutches
Eytan Kobre Technology is biologically addictive. Now what?
Broken Matzos, Whole People
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg The ability to adjust our expectations is freedom
Washington Will Have to Go
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Statuettes aren’t a Jewish way of honoring others
Time for a Rematch
Jacob L. Freedman “Then you agree that I’m probably Mashiach?”
Ivri Anochi
Riki Goldstein A simple message goes a very long way…
From the Mouth of Babes
Faigy Peritzman I use Lamaze a lot more as my kids get older
Something’s Wrong
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Low moods or extreme stress don’t equal depression
Woman of Greatness
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles What were the Ishah HaShunamis’s rare strengths?
Let Freedom Ring
Chana Mayers Not just cutting corners but cutting myself slack
Dear Daughter
Words Unspoken How I pine to have you rejoin our family