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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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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
Words Unspoken I could say, “Welcome to real life, honey!” as I notice ...