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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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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod