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Taking Turns

Surela

A dreidel is a dreidel is a dreidel, right? Four sides, four letters, a point on the bottom, and a stick on top? Not if you ask Rabbi Eliyahu and Mrs. Clary Safran. To them, a dreidel can be a toy, a history lesson, a work of art, a souvenir from an exotic land, a wine bottle, a necklace — or anything at all. Their hundreds of dreidels comprise a stupendous dreidel collection.

 

The Marvelous Menorah

Shayna Friedman

Yitzchak Biton, a student at the Tel Aviv School of Industrial Design, created a child-friendly, glow-stick menorah. It has no oil, no wicks, and no fire, but this menorah can burn for eight days — and that’s a real miracle!

 

Spreading the Light

C.B. Gavant

Mrs. Frankel bustled around the dining room, adjusting the chairs Ditza had arranged into a proud semicircle. “Do we have enough chairs, Ditza? What about napkins? Have we forgotten anything?” Ditza giggled. “How could we have forgotten anything, Mommy? We’ve been preparing for this party for three weeks already!”



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Evolution vs. Revolution
Shoshana Friedman I call it the “what happened to my magazine?” response
Up, Up, and Away
Rabbi Moshe Grylak What a fraught subject Eretz Yisrael is, to this day
Where Do You Come From?
Yonoson Rosenblum Could they be IDF officers with no Jewish knowledge?
Heaven Help Us
Eytan Kobre Writing about anti-Semitism should rouse, not soothe
Work/Life Solutions with Chedva Kleinhandler
Moe Mernick “Failures are our compass to success”
An Un-Scientific Survey
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are Jerusalemites unfriendly? Not necessarily
Out of Anger
Jacob L. Freedman How Angry Lawyer was finally able to calm down
5 Things You Didn’t Know about…Yitzy Bald
Riki Goldstein He composed his first melody at eight years old
When the Floodgates of Song Open, You’re Never Too Old
Riki Goldstein Chazzan Pinchas Wolf was unknown until three years ago
Who Helped Advance These Popular Entertainers?
Riki Goldstein Unsung deeds that boosted performers into the limelight
Your Task? Ask
Faigy Peritzman A tangible legacy I want to pass on to my children
Are You There?
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Emotional withdrawal makes others feel lonely, abandoned
A Peace of a Whole
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Love shalom more than you love being right
Seminary Applications
Rabbi Zecharya Greenwald, as told to Ariella Schiller It’s just as hard for seminaries to reject you