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Light of Day

Yisroel Besser

As modern-day musical shluchim from sunny California, Shmuli and Bentzi Marcus of 8th Day didn’t originally aim to carve out a contemporary niche within the heimish music world. True to their Chabad upbringing, their English-language rock style with its soul-speak lyrics was meant to target secular Jewish teenagers. That their music has captured a mainstream following might tell us something about ourselves — how we all want to connect with their message, their depth, and their indomitable spirit.

 

Rebbe for a Day

Aharon Rubin

Think a Purim Rav is just a tipsy badchan or jokester? They’re actually respected Torah scholars and community leaders, but once a year, they don the rebbe’s garb and — following in the footsteps of their holy predecessors — bring down an abundance of blessing for Klal Yisrael on this most auspicious day when all requests are granted.

 

Right Person, Right Place, Right Time

Libi Astaire

In the historical narrative, the Hand of Hashem is often hidden, although sometimes the perfectly timed “coincidences” are just too blatant to miss. Situations have often looked hopeless — until that one person “just happens” to be on the scene in the nick of time, effecting an amazing turnaround.

 

Deterrence Eroded: The Gulf War 25 Years Later

Binyamin Rose

Although only 13 Israelis died during the Gulf War, a death toll of over 1,700 Jewish lives is rooted in the political chain of events that followed.

 


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With All Due Respect
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The honor of every human being
What We Lost
Yonoson Rosenblum A long view, a larger perspective
Reprobate Return
Eytan Kobre Loyalty to the true and the morally upright
My Own Gentle Giant
Jacob L. Freedman Finn smirked. “Do whatever you want, Dr. Israel”
Individually United
Faigy Peritzman Two contradictions classify the Korban Pesach as a chok
Hearing Problems
Sarah Chana Radcliffe In fight mode, you may hear attacks never said
An Equal Focus
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles Remaining true to our most authentic feminine selves
The Marketer, Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “I’m late, my work is late, I come to meetings late”
Dear Neighbor and Friend
Words Unspoken I know you’ve been given challenging kids