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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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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”