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Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Ray Rivlin

I bet when you look at a tree, you don’t always know what species (type) of tree it is or the color of the wood inside. These are two things that people working with veneers can tell just by looking at the bark.

 

A Change for the Better

A Personal Vignette by Rena Zingmond

What was I thinking? I must have lost my mind … absolutely lost my mind. These thoughts and my carry-on luggage were my only company as I stared out the window during the five-hour plane ride from Los Angeles to New York. I was 17 and on my way to summer camp, the first time attending this particular camp, and knowing not a soul there. Why I had even decided to embark on such an uncharacteristic adventure was a mystery.

 

Two is Better than One

Ruchama Cohen

“Can I help you?” the saleslady at Charmingly Charmed asked. I twirled the jewelry stand, shaking the charm bracelets around and around. “I’m just looking,” I said. “I like that one,” Penina said. She pointed to a purple bracelet with sparkly heart charms. “I like all of them,” I said. “But I’ll be happy with even one teensy-weensy one.” Just about every girl in my class has a charm bracelet. Everyone, that is, besides me.



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Using Our Free Will Effectively
Yonoson Rosenblum The image we carry of ourselves is key
Pitcher-Perfect
Eytan Kobre The ripple effects of one Jew’s kiddush Sheim Shamayim
Living the High Life
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger It is exhilarating to matter, to be truly alive
It’s Time for Us to Speak Up
Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie We must speak out proudly for the values of Yiddishkeit
Kiruv Is Not Dead
Rabbi Meir Goldberg Do these sound like uninspired or closed students?
Frosting on the Cake
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Let’s not let a missing chocolate cake ruin our siyum!”
A Warm Corner in Flatbush
Yosef Zoimen It was a simple shul with a choshuve leader
Out of Control
Jacob L. Freedman “That’s illegal, Dr. Fine. I can’t have a part in this”
Song of Reckoning in the Skulener Court
Riki Goldstein “It’s awe-inspiring to watch the Rebbe sing this song”
“U’teshuvah, U’tefillah, U’tzedakah”
Riki Goldstein Throughout the Yamim Noraim, three words accompany us
The Rebbe Held His Gaze
Riki Goldstein A moment etched in Reb Dovid Werdyger’s memory forever
The Road Taken
Faigy Peritzman In the end it’s clear who really merits true happiness
Sincere Apology
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A heartfelt and complete apology can turn things around
Power Pack of Mercy
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The 13 Attributes of Mercy are “an infinite treasure”
The Appraiser: Part II
D. Himy M.S. CCC-SLP, and Zivia Reischer “Eli needs to see people who struggled to achieve”