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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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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”