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Pearls and Palettes

Gila Arnold

The place was no more than a construction site. But for two days, all was magically transformed as the yet unfinished mikveh of Ramat Beit Shemesh became a hub of events and lectures and togetherness for over 2,000 women from a rainbow of communities. The highlight was a 20-room art exhibit, depicting each pasuk of Eishes Chayil. This stunning visual display did more than show off the formidable creativity and talent of the women of the community; it was a joyous celebration of unity.

 

One Step at a Time

Shoshana R. Meiri

When she had first one, and then another, special needs child, Toby Walzer nearly drowned in depression. But then she got herself the help she needed to be able to ride the waves — and stretched out a life preserver to other struggling parents.

 

Story: A Voice from Beyond

Zelda Goldfield

My grandchildren sit at the Shabbos table, discussing the world of the spirits. Leah bangs the table for emphasis: “If the Torah says not to turn to ovos [spirits] and yidonim [wizards], it means that people really believed they could communicate with the dead!”



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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