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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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Rabbi Moshe Grylak In a very real sense, you are what you eat
Pushing Death
Yonoson Rosenblum How my old friend came close to euthanasia
No Competition
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A True Chassid
Jacob L. Freedman Ari had a bad case of schizophrenia, but boring he was n...
Pondering Thinker
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The stereotypical “thinker” is my absent-minded hero
Hisnaari
Riki Goldstein “It was so clearly Hashem’s gift, and our duty to enter...
It Wasn’t Me
Faigy Peritzman In truth, there’s no one to blame or credit except yours...
Transparency
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Expressing feelings without getting defensive leads to h...
Making It Big
Rebbetzin Suri Gibber Mourning the talmidim of Rabbi Akiva by becoming bigger ...
The Rubber Band: Part II
D. Himy & Zivia Reischer Mordy learns about flexibility, a new concept for him