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Untouchable

As told to Temima Shain

A match. Maybe a match would do it. I held the lit match over the bed, as close as I could get to the fresh sheet without burning it. Heat ... maybe heat would fix it. I waved the match slowly over the sheet. It burned down. I shook it out and lit another. Intensely, passionately, trying to infuse the flame with the power to burn away the contamination. I didn’t have another clean sheet. I had nowhere else to sleep tonight. My sleeve had touched the bed, and the bed was now contaminated.

 

The Wisest Woman in Kurdistan

Dr. Pearl Herzog

Having no sons, 16th-century Rabbi Shmuel Barazani selected Osnat, his brilliant and pious daughter, and groomed her for a life of avodas Hashem. She was renowned for her Torah wisdom, and Jews and non-Jews alike sought her aid and benefited from her miraculous powers of healing.

 

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Gila Arnold

Because of communication barriers, many deaf Jews feel isolated from the frum community — and, by extension, from frumkeit itself. Meet the people who are trying to reverse the trend.



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