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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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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek