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The Fulcrum of Fear

Sara Pardes

“Unesaneh tokef, let us proclaim the power of this day’s holiness…” Three women describe having their lives overturned, facing their deepest fears — and finding Hashem beside them

 

The Rabbi’s Right Hand

C. B. Lieber

Shul rebbetzins give of their time, their energy, their family life — and yet, they say, they wouldn’t have it any other way

 

My Most Meaningful Shema

Mishpacha Contributors

The first tefillah a Jew learns… the last he recites. Six words that encompass a lifetime

 

Sparks in the Sky

As told to Rivka Streicher

We land and head straight for Ichilov hospital. Shealtiel is frighteningly still, white, surrounded by beeping — blood pressure, intracranial pressure — all hopelessly out of whack

 

Musings: Ready When You Are

Rochel Grunewald

Not ready for the blast, the awakening. Not ready for the wrenching sobs from tens of dozens of people who must be better prepared

 

Windows: A Place to Play

Adina Weiss

No one else noticed I was there. But I didn’t mind; it was okay this way. Until it all changed

 

Grab the Reins: Chapter 24

Shoshana Schwartz

“The main thing I learned from our group was how mood can affect us. And that people do things to make themselves feel safe”

 

Map the Starlight: Chapter 17

Leah Gebber

Clara comes up to her, snatches the parchment from Aster’s sash, unfurls it. The strength is gone from Aster’s hands, otherwise she would snatch it back

 

Facets: Chapter 8

Esther Kurtz

“Well, you didn’t nix it off the bat, so that means you’re considering it, and I’m wondering why. You’d usually just laugh”

 

Lifetakes: I Am the Tefillah

Gayil Rose

Mussaf starts, the table is full, yet I feel so alone. The room has been cleansed of a whole decade of women, the twenty-pluses

 

To Gather Fruit

Riki Goldstein

A tribute to Rebbetzin Esther Finkel a”h, wife of the late Rosh Yeshivah Rav Beinish Finkel, and mother-in-law of Rav Nosson Tzvi ztz”l

 

Taking Parenting to Heart

Chana Klein

Could The Nurtured Heart approach — focusing on what is right in each moment — stop the negativity and misbehavior in my home? The answer was yes

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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