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Juggling Fire: 8 True Stories of Struggle for Connection

Mishpacha Contributors

Seven days of pure joy, the nation gathered to see and be seen Sages and saints dance until dawn: circles of purity, rings of ecstasy 8 flaming torches streak orange upon an ebony sky The hearts and souls of the gathered multitude are alight, alive, illumined Night flees Though time spirals onward and the circle dance has ceased, the burning torches continue their upward arc We juggle with fire, toil for connection— And silently pray for the night, once again, to flee

 

Entering the Gates of Greatness

Leah Gebber

Most of us only know greatness from afar. We observe our leaders, absorb their messages — from a distance. Some are fortunate enough to be born to giants. And then there are those who join an exalted family when they marry. Three daughters-in-law of great men share their experiences.

 

But I Deserve It

Michal Eisikowitz

Entitlement — the go-to word for everything wrong with today’s generation. Is there really more entitlement today? What creates it? How does it affect family dynamics? What is the long-term damage? And how can we combat it?

 

Slingshot to Heaven

As told to Leah Gebber by Nedaviah Ben Tzion

She was a Christian girl from upstate New York. A US Army intelligence analyst stationed in Afghanistan. She was a seeker, thirsty for connection, for truth. She found it in a slow, arduous, exhilarating journey that catapulted her to Hashem and His Torah.



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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”