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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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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod