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The Art Midwife

Barbara Bensoussan

There’s nothing like an art supply store to give a girl the itch to put paint to canvas. Walking into Zelda’s Art World in Flatbush, I find myself overcome with the same frustrated feeling I get walking into a terrific bookstore: so much fun stuff, so little time ...

 

Small Talk, Big Impact

Dov Finkelstein, LCSW

“I’ll be home tonight around 7 p.m.” “Great. Do you want pasta or burgers for dinner?” Can small talk bridge marital divides? Here’s how everyday, seemingly inconsequential conversations promote greater shalom bayis and may actually be the glue that helps couples stick together.

 

The Cashier

Yocheved Lavon

“Baruch Hashem!” he said. “I have enough for another roll. One more shekel, right?” “Right,” she said with a smile, outwardly sharing his gratitude for his windfall. Inwardly, she was stunned. So that was how it worked; he would eat a little more for breakfast or a little less, depending on how many coins he could find in his pocket on any given day. And either way, it was enough for him. Without saying a word, she thanked him for that shining moment, for what he’d just shown her.

 

The Force of Fragrance

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

A one-second sniff of something can whet your appetite, trigger a memory, change your mood, improve your health — even spark a shopping spree. Family First investigates the power of our olfactory organs.

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Something from Nothing
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The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”