Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

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.



MM217
 
Har Sinai on the Gaza Fence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Who would ever believe I’d be holding a sefer Torah?”
In Budapest, a Thirst for Torah
Yonoson Rosenblum “This is a matter of saving an entire tzibbur”
Torah Consumer’s Alert
Eytan Kobre To learn Torah — but just as surely, to learn from it
Relive Matan Torah Every Single Day
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Incredible zechusim we can generate through resolutions
5 out of 10: Top 5 Seforim Intros Celebrating Torah
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin What are you going to learn on Shavuos night?
Right-Hand Man
Jacob L. Freedman “Goodbye, Dr. Freedman, I’ve got a whole world to save”
The Good News about Obituaries
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman To write our own epitaphs while we can still write
Endnote: The Song That Still Plays for You
Riki Goldstein What’s that tune that, when you hear it, brings you back...
A Golden Opportunity
Faigy Peritzman What did Rus have that Orpah lacked?
Say It with Cheesecake
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A positive learning experience creates lessons that stic...
Say Yes to Kindness
Miriam Kosman With her, Rus brought the key to humanity’s redemption
A Soaring Spirit
Chana Ungar To Marcie a”h, life meant doing what G-d expected of her