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The Uniform Look

Malkie Lowinger

For the Zelcer family, business revolves around school rules: specifically, the rules dictating that uniform dress code in our girls’ schools. In their flagship Brooklyn store, they speak about plaids and pleats, sweaters and stripes, with a passion that comes from years of dedication to their craft. For this family, uniforms are the furthest thing from boring

 

Shabbos Crown

C. Rosenberg

For chassidim around the world, it’s a non-negotiable part of their Shabbos wardrobe. But ask any experienced shtreimel maker, and you’ll learn that the handcrafted hat with a historic tradition demands an art and craft all its own

 

Long Distance Lessons

Faigy Schonfeld

With virtual classrooms, multiple time zones, and classes of students who only meet in person once a year, it’s a school like no other. The Shluchim Online School harnesses technology so that children of Chabad shluchim can stay home — even if home is a remote backwater lacking basic Jewish infrastructure — and still obtain a rich Torah education

 

Making the Grade

Dovid Sussman

With a computerized phone system, automatic bank transfers, and a team of administrators, you’d think you’d stumbled on a successful business. But this enterprise distributes money instead of collecting it

 

Twenty Seconds of Gratitude

The medium seems modest: a cheerful poster with whimsical illustrations and the text of a brachah most know by heart. But its reach — outside millions of restrooms in households, institutions, and buildings worldwide — has revolutionized our attitude toward a daily activity that might be considered mundane. Who’s behind those ubiquitous “asher yatzar” signs around the globe?

 

Everybody’s Wall

Esther Teichtal

For the multitudes who approach the Kosel each year, the experience is all about connection. People come. Pray. Leave. Perhaps they drop a coin into a beggar’s hand in passing. Most leave feeling uplifted, but not many realize that a vast cadre of people work, quite literally, around the clock to make the holiest site in the world accessible and inspiring to all

 

Master of Ceremonies

Rifka Junger

For the new couple about to embark on the construction of a faithful Jewish home, this night is once in a lifetime. For the staff at the wedding hall, it’s a logistical and diplomatic feat that gets repeated — with the same devotion to details — for every chassan and kallah

 

The Sandwich Generation

Ahava Ehrenpreis

As life expectancy increases, adult children find themselves caught between the demands of young families and aging loved ones. Your compassionate primer to managing in the middle

 

Ageism

Joshua Bains

Ageism means lost professional opportunities, refused credit, medical discrimination, and more. But the effects of how we think about growing old may be far more serious

 

Roundtable: When Bubby Stops Eating

Gila Arnold

It’s a well-known phenomenon to anyone involved in elder care: seniors refusing to eat, whether due to depression or other causes. What can a caregiver do in such a case to ensure that the senior gets adequate nutrition?

 

Dollars & Sense

Ahava Ehrenpreis

So you’ve had the tough conversations. You’ve listened, communicated, and made the best decisions together that you could. You’ve created a working plan for your parents’ care, now and into the future. But how on earth are they going to afford it?

 

Goldie’s Secret

As told to Barbara Bensoussan

I still haven’t figured out the secret to Goldie’s almost 120 years, though being around her left me with a few ideas

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Let Me Go, for Dawn is Breaking
Rabbi Moshe Grylak What caused such a turnabout?
A New Darkness Descends
Yonoson Rosenblum A generation of too many Eisavs
Let’s Celebrate
Eytan Kobre Hundreds of boys arrived for a chasunah — theirs
This Is Our Victory
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik It is incumbent upon us to keep fighting the good fight
Not in My Neighborhood
David G. Greenfield Is housing discrimination a hate crime?
Keep Your Priorities Straight
Jacob L. Freedman Everything in its proper place on the ladder
Night Lights
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The family that lights together
Chanukah Spirits
Faigy Peritzman Only with My spirit
Miracles
Sarah Chana Radcliffe We live our lives in the miracle zone
Darkness, Light, and the Hierarchy of Life
Debbie Greenblatt Clarity is always described as light
The Twins: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Clusters are twins — they go together