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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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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”