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Second Chances

Shimmy Blum

After going through the pain of a failed marriage, is it possible to hope for happiness the second time around? Previously married individuals can never really go back to the carefree days of singlehood, but moving on while hauling the baggage of a previous marriage presents its own unique challenges. When is it time to take that next step?

 

Bulldozer in Shepherd’s Clothing

Ari Solomon and Binyamin Rose

In the 1948 War of Independence, Ariel Sharon was left for dead — twice. After the 1982 massacre of Sabra and Shatila, his military career seemed to have reached a disgraceful end. After a debilitating stroke in 2006, the country braced itself for his funeral. Eight years later, the media spent days camped outside Tel Hashomer, waiting for the final breath of the man who’d survived in a coma long beyond anyone’s predictions.

 

In the Esrog Spirit

Barbara Bensoussan

After an uplifting Succos holiday, what would be with those forlorn citron fruits, once used to fulfill a mitzvah and now relegated to shrivel up in a box? Some have the custom to eat the esrog from Succos on Tu B’Shevat, a day that is auspicious for davening for a beautiful and kosher esrog the following Succos. And a Los Angeles couple has discovered their own way to preserve the holy esrog essence all year long.

 

Every Pinkas Tells a Story

Libi Astaire

Long before there was social media, or even shul newsletters, there was the pinkas — the book where Jewish communities as a whole, as well as individual workers’ guilds and charitable societies, recorded both their loftiest aspirations and mundane activities. Some of their records can fetch tens of thousands of dollars at auction. We investigated the story of one such pinkas, which will go on the block in Jerusalem at the end of the month.

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