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His Name shall be Shimon

Chaya Yankelevitz

Names follow patterns and one can often see different customs and trends within families and communities. Yet there’s one name that transcends sociological and biological borders. From across continents, religious affiliations, and cultural divides, there are children who proudly bear the name Shimon. Why Shimon? Because they’re children of promises, children of miracles, children of Rabi Shimon Bar Yochai.

 

Burning Passion

Rivka Chaya Steif

Lag B’omer means bonfires: tens of feet of dancing flames, spirited dancing — and potential burns. Women from the MR Burn Gemach, an international group of dedicated volunteers, share the surprising secrets to effectively treating burns.

 

Mismatch

Bracha Stein

From: Fraidy Brickman To: Malky Dunner Subject: The shadchan says, “This time it will be different.”



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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