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Rebuilding Myself

Riki Goldstein

“I was born this way,” we tell ourselves, myriad times a day, as we plod through life entrenched in habit. “I can’t help it, that’s what I saw at home…” But we have genetic capability within us; the legacy of fathers who left the path of idolatry and blazed new trails to G-dliness and faith. Four Jews share how they found the courage to abandon the paths of habit and upbringing, forge their way forward to truth, and recreate their very selves.

 

Targeted Prayer

Margie Pensak

Have you ever started davening, your lips moving to the familiar tefillos, only to realize just a few minutes in that your mind was elsewhere (like up to fifth item of your Shabbos shopping list)? Unfortunately, this scenario is familiar to many of us. But there’s hope. Here are some tried-and-true ways to improve your kavanah.

 

Our Couples on Campus

Malka Forster

Frum mekarvim on college campuses get to connect with young adults standing at a crossroads in life — an unparalleled kiruv opportunity. Yet, they’re also surrounded by a culture anathema to Torah values. How do they navigate the challenges?

 

Thanks for the Memories

Libi Astaire

Ever since Rosh Chodesh Elul, we’ve been focusing on memories, recalling what we did over the past year. This culminates with Rosh Hashanah — the Day of Remembrance — in which Zichronos, the second major part of Mussaf, remind us that Hashem never forgets anything. But what about us? Can you really be sure you didn’t promise to bring dessert for the family get-together last Chanukah, when your sister is still insisting you were supposed to bring the doughnuts? How reliable are our memories?

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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”