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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

 

Health Tech: Step by Step

Gila Arnold

How technology is giving Zeidy his Shabbos back

 

The Heart of the House

Menachem Ellison

Watch as all the while any number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even grandchildren of grandchildren — the oldest of whom is in the high 40s — dart in and out of the front door, asking Bubby for the lollipops — and brachos — that she loves to liberally dispense

 

Born in the Mixer Bowl

Malky Lowinger

For fresh and fragrant challah or heavenly cinnamon babka, generations of Monsey residents knew they could always find a slice of Gan Eden in the Frank family’s bakery. What they may not have realized is that when the streets grew dark and the storefront closed, family members ranging from grandparents to newborns would spend hours preparing the confections that so delighted their customers — and kept them coming back for more

 

Men of Many Hats

Yisroel Besser

His relatives in Germany were sure he’d ruin his family by moving to the Holy Land, but Avraham Yosef Ferster’s little hat shop in Jerusalem proved them wrong. Even as the new, casual breed of secular Israelis discarded their hats, the Ferster line blossomed along with the burgeoning yeshivah and chassidic world. Two generations later, the family business is still providing that crowning touch for Torah scholars and shy teenagers alike.

 

A Breed Apart

Margie Pensak

They spend the bulk of their waking hours on the family cattle farms in Pennsylvania, but the Gutmans would never consider living outside an established Torah hub — a lesson in priorities as deeply ingrained as the family's multi-generational affinity for cattle dealing. Four generations after Max Gutman first found a foothold in York County, his Jewish values and uncompromising convictions still drive the family business

 

The Customer Comes First

Yermi Marlow

With three branches, tens of thousands of products, and a robust clientele, who would believe that Kay’s Supermarket was once a small, struggling deli? Almost five decades after proprietor Avigdor Langberg took the helm, the iconic London establishment has morphed into a thriving modern supermarket. And yes, it still offers that old-time herring — along with a trademark personal touch

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Whose State Is It?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Nation-State Bill adds nothing to the simple truth
First, Clean Your Room
Yonoson Rosenblum Disorder of our rooms reflects the disorder of our minds
Start Up with G-d
Eytan Kobre “Women rabbis” suffocate the spirit of the law
The Non-Competitive Competitors
Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib Competition? We are all working for the same Boss!
In Defense of Those Eltere Bochurim
“Still Waiting” (an anonymous contributor) A perspective built on 12 years (and counting) of dating
No Size Fits All
Jacob L. Freedman Meir’s success seemed practically carved out for him
Endnote - Start with the Heart
Riki Goldstein “I start with the heart of the sound, then add layers”
Great Shakes
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Hashem has His ways of pressing our “reset” button
Of Gates and Gators
Faigy Peritzman Our ears can receive messages the most easily
I Don’t Know
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Get around decision paralysis by listening to your gut
Time to Try the Frum Dating Sites?
Sara Eisemann That’s my problem and I’ll have to work it through