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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.
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.
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!”