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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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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek