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A Visit to the Kosel

C.B. Gavant

The fast of Asarah B’Teves marks the beginning of the siege on Yerushalayim by Nevuchadnetzar and the Babylonian army. This siege eventually ended in the destruction of the First Beis Hamikdash. What better way to remember this day than to pay a visit to the Kosel, the remnant of the wall around Har Habayis, and the closest we can get to the Kodesh Hakodoshim?

 

Zeidy Zakon and the Mystery of the Burnt House

Rabbi Nachman and Miriam Zakon

Come right in, sit down. There are Bubby’s cookies and drinks for everyone on the table. So tell me, what are you kinderlach learning about in school? Stuff about Asarah B’Teves and the Churban. To be honest, it’s kind of boring. Right Zeidy, it’s all about stuff that happened such a long time ago and so far away. Kinderlach, today’s tiyul will really change how you think about Asarah B’Teves.

 

Talking Stones

Rachel Stein

Gaping in disbelief, Shiri looked around her room and shuddered. Sharing a room with her twin sister, Tova, was fun most of the time. But right now it looked like a cyclone had twisted its way through every part of their living space, and Shiri felt tongues of anger lick at her insides. Why did Tova have to be such a slob?!



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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