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Baby Gift

Gila Arnold

The phone call they’ve been waiting for — a baby available for adoption — might sound like the end of a happily-ever-after tale, but it belies all the turmoil that came before. Still, parents who’ve managed to navigate the rigorous social services evaluations that often overlap with the disappointment of another failed treatment are finally reaping the rewards.

 

Dream Big, Work Hard

Esther Teichtal

If Rabbi Naftali Schiff, CEO of Aish UK, learned one lesson from his mentor Rav Noah, it was to think big, to know that each of us bears responsibility for the Jewish People, and to realize that everyone can change the world. For the last two decades, Rabbi Schiff has taken up his rebbi’s challenge and planned his strategy: to reach every Jew in England.

 

Filling the Hole

Shlomi Gil

When Doron Sheffer made the NBA draft cut in 1996, Israelis couldn’t have been prouder of their homegrown, world-class athlete. And when he passed that up to play for Maccabi, they were beside themselves with joy. Until he shocked them with sudden retirement — to look for G-d around the world and find Him right in his backyard.

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