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Sara Glaz

Becoming a baalas teshuvah is no ordinary task — it takes large doses of determination, humility, and a lot of siyata d’Shmaya. Along the way, mistakes are made and lessons are learned. Here, several women who made the leap at least a decade ago share their hard-earned wisdom.


“Someday”is Today

Libi Astaire

Tova Silverstein almost died, twice. The first blow was a physical illness that robbed her body of its mobility and strength. The second was the devastating realization that she would most likely remain in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. But instead of being defeated by this unexpected chapter in her life’s story, she has used it to propel herself to a new page — literally.



Bassi Gruen

My husband earns a decent living and learns with my boys but he’s never washed a dish, vacuumed a floor, or bathed a baby… He realizes I can’t do it all alone, so he keeps pressuring my children to do more and more cleaning. My children are getting old enough to realize the hypocrisy of his do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do message and there’s some eye rolling and snide comments between them. I know I should stand up for my husband, but have no idea what to say because, to be honest, I entirely agree with them.

Never Despair
Rabbi Moshe Grylak HaKadosh Baruch Hu always opens a way back
Yonoson Rosenblum My first Sephardic minyan on Shabbos
No Questions Asked
Eytan Kobre I still don’t have a satisfying answer to this question
“Lachem” Times Ten
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Perhaps we can add one more interpretation
Keeping Your Head and Bases Covered
Jacob L. Freedman “Take it off?! Wearing my kippah literally saved my life...
Money Speaks
Faigy Peritzman Approach eternal life with happiness and meticulousness
Preparing for Change
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Help your kids navigate change consciously and carefully
A Listening Ear
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Hear a message, not a sound