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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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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