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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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Staying Free and Clear
Eytan Kobre The Heavenly message of these frightening dramas
Making Jews Great
Yonoson Rosenblum The innate dignity of every human being
A Pose by Any Other Name
Eytan Kobre Inclusive, nonjudgmental… except of you
Italy or Holland?
Rabbi Yaakov Barr It’s just a different place
The 109th Try (But Who's Counting?)
Jacob L. Freedman Is this the time he’ll scream for help?
What Took So Long?
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Tzniyus in dress, an essential ingredient of success
Truth-Fully
Faigy Peritzman A lot of mitzvos in one pasuk
Under Pressure
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Though “life happens,” stress can be lessened
Dear “Wants a Mensch”
Sara Eisemann He’s a masmid, but is he a mentsh?
The Diver: Part 2
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “But I know nothing about that”