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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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80 Minutes Over Egypt
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Remembering open revelation during the Six Day War
The Well-Worn Path
Yonoson Rosenblum Why presidents repeat each other’s’s mistakes in Israel
Rose Garden Promises
Eytan Kobre Trump fooled us all. Are we colluding with him?
Every Shining Star
Jacob L. Freedman The homeless are not just statistics, including Tzvi
Crash Landing
Libi Astaire Real estate investments destroyed their dreams
Tefillat Kallah
Riki Goldstein Crystallizing a kallah’s thanks, hopes, and dreams
No Place Like Home
Faigy Peritzman Before it is yours or mine, Eretz Yisrael is His
Don’t Bother Her!
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Most kids aren’t naturally “nice”; we have to teach them
Are References Even Useful?
Sara Eisemann What to ask to get helpful, practical information