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The Art of the Laugh

Leah Gebber

Keren Keet’s greeting cards, featuring her wry cartoons, have caused a mini sensation in London, where customers stand in stores chuckling at her latest creations. Meet the woman behind the smiles.

 

Tricky Triangles

Riki Goldstein

When two people only communicate through a less-than-willing third party, it’s detrimental for everyone. This technique, known as triangulation, eliminates discomfort, but relief is only temporary — there’s always a price to pay in hurt feelings and emotional damage. Family First’s panel of experts guide us through four triangles, showing us how to get rid of the unwelcome interference that blights so many family, work, and social relationships, and replace it with open, healthy communication.

 

The World of Gifts

Libi Astaire

Why are we required to give gifts on Purim? Why should you be thrilled to receive 12 identical gifts of a challah roll and small grape juice? What gift costs very little, but can be more precious than pearls? Unwrap the ancient art of gracious gift-giving — and receiving.

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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
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