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Not Just Another Birthday

Michal Eisikowitz

Just a few generations ago, bas mitzvah parties were unheard of. What sparked the change, what poskim have to say about it, and meaningful ways to mark the occasion.

 

A Wedding a Night

Rachel Bachrach

For the chassan and kallah, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But for those who work behind the scenes — or in the forefront — to make the wedding happen, it’s a nightly occurrence. What’s it like being part of someone else’s very important day, again and again and again? How do these professionals keep the experience fresh and meaningful? And, with hundreds of wedding behind them, what can they tell us about this momentous event?

 

Mastering the Mechutanim Maze

Maayan Cohen

Sometimes the kol sasson and kol simchah of two families being joined metamorphose into voices so heated and loud that none of the joy can be heard. How can mechutanim avoid the bumps along the path to the chuppah and share a close relationship despite their differences? What can both sets of parents do to guarantee that when they meet at the wedding hall their mazel tovs aren’t spiked with underlying tension?



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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek