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Care to Join: Chapter 10

Leah Greene

Inbar called me in a panic. “My colleague’s getting married tonight in Bnei Brak. I need a skirt to wear to the wedding”


Center Stage: Chapter 33

Gila Arnold

“Why, exactly, are we here?” Melanie asked, after stumbling yet again on the cobblestoned streets of Velika Tarnova. “I thought you don’t do churches”


The Gatekeeper’s Daughter: Chapter 14

Esther Teichtal

Leah stops, keeping her distance from the grubby banister. The girl has her arms crossed. Her hair hangs loose around her neck. She needs a haircut


Lifetakes: Time for Blessings

Shiri Taub

I’m in survival mode, using every ounce of energy to keep my house running, have supper on the table and clean clothes in the drawers


Tempo Fiction: Mix and Match

Adina Lover

She glanced in the mirror and reapplied her lipstick. She was becoming her mother. But it wouldn’t hurt to look presentable


936 Sundays — Kislev: Chanukah Prep

Sara Wolf

As the outdoors gets darker and our windows frostier, the indoors gets warmer and our homes cozier. Let’s take the coziness up a notch with some Kislev-themed activities


Windows: Frozen Assets

Yael Zoldan

We can all agree that there are, in fact, two kinds of people in this world. People who cook in advance and freeze, and people who don’t


Care to Join: Chapter 9

Leah Greene

“Every year the rav of the hospital sends out a message to all the doctors and nurses to tell us that those of us who are working don’t need to fast. I might be secular, but I would never eat on Yom Kippur”


Center Stage: Chapter 32

Gila Arnold

It wasn’t that Rina begrudged helping — this was her husband’s mother, after all — but she did resent the attitude. Never a word of thanks


The Gatekeeper’s Daughter: Chapter 13

Esther Teichtal

All Yisrael… A tentative voice springs from the corner of her mind. That would mean the scholar and the shochet. The butcher and candlemaker


Lifetakes: Strength in Names

Chana Goodman

We contemplate and ask sh’eilos and discuss and discuss some more; the bris is only a day away and we haven’t yet decided on a name



As told to Elisheva Appel by Rivki Silver

I was determined to take my musical skills to the next level

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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without