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Surprise!

Yisrael Rutman

People say that life is full of surprises. They’re right. (No surprise.) We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. We don’t even know what will happen a moment from now. Will the phone ring? Will somebody fall and get hurt? Will the baby start crying? Will the baby stop crying? Will Mashiach come? The truth is, life would be boring without surprises.

 

Curious Jr.: Surprise — It’s a Hit!

Leeba Leichtman

When you walk into a store and see a popular item on the shelf, do you ever stop and wonder about how it came to be so widespread? It might be a toy, a CD, a novel, or even a KosherLamp — but every product has a story behind it. So we set out to find those stories… and they were certainly surprising!

 

Nonny Bear and the School Trip

Yael Mermelstein

“We’re going on a trip, a great supreme fantastic trip, to Huckleberry Buckleberry Farms!” I was singing along with the rest of my friends from yeshivah as we packed up our book bags to go home for the day. Gavriel Farber closed the zipper on my bag. “Is the farm you’re going to tomorrow really called Huckleberry Buckleberry Farms?” Gavriel asked me.



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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