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Transplanting the Dream: The Legacy of Rebbetzin Vichna Kaplan

Danielle Leibowitz

She was an orphan from Baranovich. But she single-handedly brought the vision and the fire of Sarah Schenirer to the distant shores of America. There, she fought apathy, ignorance, and suspicion until she succeeded in planting a tree of Torah whose fruits would change the face of the land.

 

Life On The Other Side

C.B. Gavant

There’s a lot of rejoicing when treatment ends. But then the next challenge begins: returning to “normal life.” Survivors speak about what it’s like to return to their old lives when they’re no longer the same people.

 

Pickles & Ice Cream

Shira Isenberg, RD, MPH

What is it about pregnancy craving that can push a vegetarian mother-to-be toward meat or a health-obsessed foodie to chips and fast food? The science and psychology behind what we crave — and why.

 

Short Story: The Doorman

Batsheva Morgenstern

We knew him simply as Leonid. It was always just Leonid — none of us had ever thought to ask his last name. Unlike the other doormen on West 72nd St. who were, for the most part, African American fellows, Leonid stood out like a mink coat at a vegetarians’ convention. How this uneducated Muscovite septuagenarian landed such a prestigious position (relatively speaking) was anyone’s guess. Yet with his navy officer getup and white gloves, he exuded a quiet pride.



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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without