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Lifetakes: Walking Alone

Ahava Ehrenpreis

INTRO In seven long years, there is much I have learned to do on my own. But there are still some things I can’t do

 

Musings: Celebration of Life

Elana Rothberg

Her presence bespeaks poise and confidence, yet I wonder how much is a farce, and how much is pure, unadulterated bitachon

 

Oops!

As told to Shevy Hollander

I am just not a cheese person. It’s bad for my waistline, awful for my high cholesterol level, and I derive no enjoyment from it. But then I became a shvigger

 

Jumping Into Freefall: An Author Looks Back

Miriam Zakon

Freefall took me 12 months — and 25 years — to write. Now that it’s over, while other old and new responsibilities bang at my door, I’ll ignore the knocking for a bit and share a short retrospective on life during Freefall

 

Map the Starlight: Chapter 1

Leah Gebber

Did Jocef know the content of his father’s letter? And what is Mose trying to do, if not destroy her father?

 

Learning Curve: Chapter 49

Beginnings

Aviva comes home with the baby. She wonders about an over-the-top baby gift she receives from Yael. Naomi suggests a line of offense against Goldfeder

 

Grab the Reins: Chapter 8

Shoshana Schwartz

“Okay, all of you smokers. If you ever read the warning label on a package of cigarettes, keep your hand up.” No hands went down

 

Lifetakes: Blemishes and Beauty

Faigy Schonfeld

My article was published in a Shavuos magazine edition, one week before my wedding, and I blushed as I read it, smug and happy

 

The Ruth Revolution

Rabbi Menachem Nissel

Dovid Hamelech, ancestor of Mashiach, descended from Ruth, princess of the most depraved nation. Rav Moshe Shapira ztz”l explains why the greatest darkness brings us the greatest light

 

Satin & Steel

Leah Gebber

When Rav Yitzchak Dovid Grossman needed to marry off the orphaned girls he’d raised, he turned to his sister, Rebbetzin Rochel Nussbaum. A story of nerves of steel and yards of satin

 

What Makes Parenting Jewish?

Elisheva Appel

Is there a specifically Jewish approach to parenting? How can we establish what’s true to our mesorah, and when, if ever, can we borrow from secular wisdom?

 

My G-d Is Your G-d, My Kitchen is Your Kitchen

Riki Goldstein

When a non-Jew wants to follow Ruth’s example and join our Nation, there’s a long road ahead of her

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