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Out of Sight

Miri Heller

Chanukah: dancing flames, a sea of powdered white on steaming doughnuts, the crisp, brown edges of freshly fried latkes. It’s a festival when we revel in the sights, the visual smorgasbord. What is it like for those who are visually impaired? Meet three individuals who see through their sense of touch and their minds’ eye.

 

Behind the Psak

Chany Rosenberg

She answers his endlessly ringing phone, keeps the children quiet as he confers with experts, and reheats his dinner — it’s gotten cold while he’s on the phone. You might know her, but you may not know what it’s like to be the life partner of a dayan. Here’s an insider’s view.

 

Theme Section: The Lone Warrior — 4 Stories of Courage

A clarion call echoes through the centuries: “Mi L’Hashem Eilai.” And those who are loyal arise and do battle.

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Always Smile First
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Take the initiative, every time
Mike’s Message
Yonoson Rosenblum The 50th yahrtzeit of Mike Tress
Coming Detractions
Eytan Kobre “…Open and Orthodox, whatever that means”
In Her Place
Yisroel Besser Men outside and in the back
Beware of Declarations
Rabbi Shneur Aisenstark Transparency with children when making decisions
The Best You Can Be
Jacob L. Freedman When you’re just named Joe Shmo
Emojification
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Help! We’ve been captured by emojis!
Yechadshehu
Riki Goldstein The brachos of Shabbos Mevarechim
Just Because
Faigy Peritzman A Rule for the Entire Torah
In the Heat of the Moment
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When to intervene, when to not
Foundation of Gratitude
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles Three life-changing morning minutes
Hide and Veg
Shira Isenberg Peas and thank you!