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Jerusalem of Art

Libi Astaire

What is Jewish art? A painting of a shtetl scene? A photograph of a Jerusalem street? Your Shabbos table? For the past month, artists and art lovers in Jerusalem have been asking this question, thanks to the first-ever Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Art. Curator Nurit Sirkis-Bank takes us behind the scenes — and to the frontlines of a discussion she feels reaches the loftiest expression of the Jewish soul.

 

Gasping for Breath

Azriela Jaffe

Inhalers, nebulizers, EpiPens — this complex medical terminology could mean the difference between life and death for someone with asthma. Women share what it’s like to live with asthma while experienced doctors offer their take

 

The First Baby

R. L. Fox

“Mommy,was I the first baby born in this family?” The question jolted me. I had been unlocking the stroller from its spot near the gate under our apartment building, and I straightened up. My four-year-old son looked at me, face round and innocent. I was surprised to feel a pang of something deep inside me. Pain that hadn’t visited in a long while took a step forward. “What do you think?” I asked. “I think I was,” he answered quickly.



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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