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Fanciful Face Art

Pnina Hanoka

This Purim, get creative with your kids’ costumes! Instead of limiting yourself to masks, crowns, and other accessories that are quickly lost or discarded, try painting the entire look on in the morning, and the costume will last all day. Watch your daughter turn into a flower princess and your son become a fierce wolf — there’s nothing like a little face paint to bring fantasies to life!

 

Passive Smokers, Impassive Wives?

Leah Gebber and Chany Rosengarten

The risk. The expense. The smell. The stigma. In the past two decades, society has made a 180-degree turn regarding the acceptability of smoking. The overwhelming no! has become more than a choice about healthy living — it’s taken on moral overtones. Which leaves wives of smokers in an excruciatingly difficult position. Two wives talk of lit cigarettes and singed hearts.

 

The Polish Queen Esther

Dr. Pearl Herzog

Centuries after Purim’s Queen Esther lived and died, another Jewess with a similar name lived a strikingly similar life story, using her position of power to save her fellow Jews from persecution

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Perspective Shift
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Drop the Nagging
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Trying Our Patience
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Redeeming Factor
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