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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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And Yet We Smile
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Out of This World
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Sick Note
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Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
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Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
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