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Throw Away the Crutches

Yocheved Lavon

Crises, traumas, personal limitations, disabilities, overwhelming pain — it’s enough to make a person sink into self-pity, crumble, and give up. But Aharon Margalit broadcasts an alternate message: that everyone — no matter what fate has dished out — is capable of retaking charge of their lives. According to the author of As Long As I Live, “There’s no moment in life when a person can’t somehow help himself.”

 

Shield of Iron

Avi Friedman

Initially greeted with skepticism, Iron Dome proved to be a game changer, proving its mettle 421 times during the IDF’s nine-day Pillar of Defense Operation to quell rocket fire from Gaza. This surprising shield of defense turned former detractors into supporters, although even its staunchest benefactors warn that no antimissile umbrella can keep out a rain of rockets forever.

 

The Day We Ate Grass

Malki Lowinger

Even if you never need to dig around in a forest to find something to eat for dinner, or figure out how to start a fire without matches, foraging is a useful skill to have. It’s also a great way for the family to spend a Sunday afternoon, says “Yossi the Forager,” who has a knack for uncovering the unexpected edible delights that Hashem has planted in His world.



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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