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Happiness Is a Choice: A Talk with Aviva Krainess

Rhona Lewis

Aviva Krainess is one of the happiest girls you’ll ever meet, even though she has lots of reasons not to be happy. “I’ve become a lot funnier since I got sick,” Aviva says from her home in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel. “Why be sad when you can be happy?”

 

Dr. Mitzvah: Going Home

Yaffa Ganz

Cedarville was buzzing away. Everyone was discussing the news. It didn’t seem possible, but it was true anyway. Dr. and Mrs. Mitzvah were leaving! After 50 years in town, Dr. Mitzvah was retiring. They were moving to Eretz Yisrael.

 

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Rabbi Nachman Zakon

Rabbi Yehoshua was brilliant and wise. He had connections with the highest officials of the Roman Empire. They enjoyed discussing, debating, and arguing all kinds of subjects with him. Once, even the Roman ruler’s daughter got involved, but things didn’t turn out as she expected.



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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”