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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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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
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