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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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No Misunderstandings
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Hashem revealed the secret of a balanced life
What Was the Court’s Rush?
Yonoson Rosenblum The Democratic Party’s descent into madness
Survey? Oy Vey
Eytan Kobre How could YAFFED promote such a farce?
Filling the Void
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Jewish leaders don’t need to be declared or coronated
Top 5 Ways We Remember Our Rebbeim (and we love them for it!)
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin An ode to these pivotal people in my life
Hanging On in Newark
Rabbi Nosson Scherman Rabbi Nosson Scherman remembers the shul of his youth
A Fine Kettle of Fish
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The “minor” chasadim are often the most meaningful
The Next Hill
Jacob L. Freedman The look on Malachi’s face nearly broke my heart
Tradition and Modern Meet in One Long Dance
Riki Goldstein Fusing tradition and modernity comes naturally to him
A Playlist for Shabbos
Riki Goldstein What does Moshy Kraus sing at the Shabbos table?
With Flying Colors
Riki Goldstein My 15 seconds of fame on the Carnegie Hall stage
Full Faith
Faigy Peritzman With emunah, everyone’s obligation is the same
Speechless
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Silence isn’t always golden
The Only One
With Rav Moshe Wolfson, written by Baila Vorhand Within every Jew is the flame of instinctive emunah