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Doing Her Best

Ariella Schiller

Though she’d lost nearly everything, Rebbetzin Dina Shkop spent her life giving

 

Blessed — Special Yom Kippur Theme Section

Mishpacha Contributors

Whispered words of entreaty giving form to our deepest hopes, opening a conduit of plenty. Seven writers share the brachos whose echo accompanies them still

 

Tempo Story: Pearls of Faith

As told to Rivky Neuhaus

I’d wanted to spend the evening curled up with a book, losing myself in an alternative reality. But Aaron’s vort forced me to get dressed, get out, and face the world.

 

Musings: Direction

Tehila Feldman

Did I mention it was Yom Kippur? Yom Kippur! That magical day of forgiveness, of no yetzer hara — and this is what it looks like chez Feldman?

 

Center Stage: Chapter 25

Gila Arnold

Rina seemed blithely unaware of just how much each day of filming was costing them, as she insisted on take after take

 

The Gatekeeper's Daughter: Chapter 6

Esther Teichtal

“Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned! I cannot eat. I cannot rest. I cannot breathe. So gravely have I sinned...”

 

Lifetakes: Having You in Mind

Rochel Grunewald

“Every time I wish a class a gemar chasimah tovah, I think I’m going to cry,” I tell a colleague. “I think I’m more emotional about their futures than they are”

 

I Dare Me: Preparing for the Judgment

Elisheva Appel

I grab my phone to open Evernote, but I decide against that; a cheshbon hanefesh needs good, old-fashioned pen and paper: tangible and indelible

 

Tempo Fiction: Finding My Voice

Libby Berg

Oh, the guilt of an only daughter. You feel bad when you’re single and making them wait. You feel bad when you’re married and leave them all alone

 

Windows: The Shut Gate

Shuli Meyer

A message I’d heard over and over — that we don’t have forever to gather our dividends — suddenly became so real, I could touch it

 
 

The Gatekeeper’s Daughter: Chapter 4

Esther Teichtal

Will Motina sign? She’s been so odd and distant lately. She won’t like me going to Vilnius if we win — not if it means her being left alone

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Using Our Free Will Effectively
Yonoson Rosenblum The image we carry of ourselves is key
Pitcher-Perfect
Eytan Kobre The ripple effects of one Jew’s kiddush Sheim Shamayim
Living the High Life
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger It is exhilarating to matter, to be truly alive
It’s Time for Us to Speak Up
Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie We must speak out proudly for the values of Yiddishkeit
Kiruv Is Not Dead
Rabbi Meir Goldberg Do these sound like uninspired or closed students?
Frosting on the Cake
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Let’s not let a missing chocolate cake ruin our siyum!”
A Warm Corner in Flatbush
Yosef Zoimen It was a simple shul with a choshuve leader
Out of Control
Jacob L. Freedman “That’s illegal, Dr. Fine. I can’t have a part in this”
Song of Reckoning in the Skulener Court
Riki Goldstein “It’s awe-inspiring to watch the Rebbe sing this song”
“U’teshuvah, U’tefillah, U’tzedakah”
Riki Goldstein Throughout the Yamim Noraim, three words accompany us
The Rebbe Held His Gaze
Riki Goldstein A moment etched in Reb Dovid Werdyger’s memory forever
The Road Taken
Faigy Peritzman In the end it’s clear who really merits true happiness
Sincere Apology
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A heartfelt and complete apology can turn things around
Power Pack of Mercy
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The 13 Attributes of Mercy are “an infinite treasure”
The Appraiser: Part II
D. Himy M.S. CCC-SLP, and Zivia Reischer “Eli needs to see people who struggled to achieve”