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Theme Section: A Seed Sprouts — 8 True Stories

A seed dropped into loamy soil, covered with dark, fragrant earth A word, a deed, an image, dropped into the fertile field of a heart A month, a year, a decade passes Tiny green shoots peep out of the ground Nestling inspiration takes root, tendrils stretch toward the sunlight—and grow upward

 

Take Two Plants and Call Me in the Morning

Libi Astaire

Houseplants aren’t just pleasant to look at. They can also clear the air of pollutants and create a happier, healthier environment in your home. Read on for top picks.

 

The Secret Keepers

Margie Pensak

Planning even the simplest date, marriage proposal, or wedding is complicated enough. It gets even trickier when it involves a top-secret surprise. There is a cadre of professionals not only willing to keep your secret, but also to help make your surprise a reality. Here, they share their secrets (but not yours).



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Not a Newspaper
Shoshana Friedman A deeper difference between newspapers and magazines
Services in Shards
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Such a painful, malicious lie!”
The Pittsburgh Protests: All Politics All the Time
Yonoson Rosenblum The old rule — “no enemies on the left” — still applies
Danger: School Crossing
Eytan Kobre The hypocrisy of YAFFED’s assertion is breathtaking
Real Laughter and Real Tears
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger The two sides of a life lived with emunah
Work/Life Solutions with Eli Langer
Moe Mernick I was proud to be “that guy with the yarmulke”
Is Ktchong! a Mitzvah? When Prayer and Charity Collide
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman These cannot both be done effectively at the same time
An Honest Shidduch
Jacob L. Freedman “Baruch Hashem I’m cured, and this will be my secret”
A Blessing in Disguise
Riki Goldstein “I never thought the song would catch on as it has”
Ishay and Motti Strike a Common Chord
Riki Goldstein Bringing together two worlds of Jewish music
What’s your favorite Motzaei Shabbos niggun?
Riki Goldstein From the holy and separate back to the mundane
Rightfully Mine
Faigy Peritzman Don’t regret the job you didn’t land; it was never yours
Growing Greener Grass
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurture your blessings and watch them blossom
My Way or the High Way
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt We know what we want — but do we know what He wants?