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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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Using Our Free Will Effectively
Yonoson Rosenblum The image we carry of ourselves is key
Pitcher-Perfect
Eytan Kobre The ripple effects of one Jew’s kiddush Sheim Shamayim
Living the High Life
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger It is exhilarating to matter, to be truly alive
It’s Time for Us to Speak Up
Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie We must speak out proudly for the values of Yiddishkeit
Kiruv Is Not Dead
Rabbi Meir Goldberg Do these sound like uninspired or closed students?
Frosting on the Cake
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Let’s not let a missing chocolate cake ruin our siyum!”
A Warm Corner in Flatbush
Yosef Zoimen It was a simple shul with a choshuve leader
Out of Control
Jacob L. Freedman “That’s illegal, Dr. Fine. I can’t have a part in this”
Song of Reckoning in the Skulener Court
Riki Goldstein “It’s awe-inspiring to watch the Rebbe sing this song”
“U’teshuvah, U’tefillah, U’tzedakah”
Riki Goldstein Throughout the Yamim Noraim, three words accompany us
The Rebbe Held His Gaze
Riki Goldstein A moment etched in Reb Dovid Werdyger’s memory forever
The Road Taken
Faigy Peritzman In the end it’s clear who really merits true happiness
Sincere Apology
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A heartfelt and complete apology can turn things around
Power Pack of Mercy
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The 13 Attributes of Mercy are “an infinite treasure”
The Appraiser: Part II
D. Himy M.S. CCC-SLP, and Zivia Reischer “Eli needs to see people who struggled to achieve”