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The Wacky Inventions of Rube Goldberg

C. B. Gavant

Have you ever heard of a Rube Goldberg machine? A cartoonist, sculptor, and author, Rube Goldberg was famous for a comic strip that featured all kinds of hilarious inventions, all based on various chain reactions. His silly inventions were so popular that his name now means a “complicated task that does a simple thing.” Does that sound a little backwards? Perhaps it is. Here’s more about the man behind the now-famous Rube Goldberg machine.

 

Jolly Solly: The Sounds of Summer

R. Atkins

It was a glorious day. The sun shone brightly from a cloudless blue sky. In Mr. Faigelbaum’s garden, which was a haven for birds, a merry little robin was hopping about tweeting cheerfully to his friend, who tweeted right back. On the other side of the fence, though, Mr. Krankowitz was feeling extremely grumpy. What a dreadfully hot day!

 

Power Trips

C.B. Gavant

You flick the switch, and presto, the lights go on, right? The CD player plays, the fan whirs, the fridge hums. But then when the power goes out in a storm, we’re in the dark! What’s going on? Here’s the story of how electricity gets to your house.



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Do You Know Where You’re Going?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak If Mrs. Esterhazy hadn’t gotten sick
Birthright Drops Reform
Yonoson Rosenblum The numbers tell the sad story
With Fresh Eyes
Eytan Kobre Members of an ever-tying people
Gift-Giving Guide
Yisroel Besser There’s a skill to giving a teacher a gift
Time for a Career Change
Jacob L. Freedman “How can a bochur even afford to smoke?”
Today I Am a (Learned? Committed?) Jewish Man
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are bar mitzvah celebrations good for the Jews?
Major in Mothering
Faigy Peritzman “How do you picture marriage? Discussing quantum theory?...
When Parents Disagree
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Connecting heart-to-heart when you don’t see eye-to-eye
En Route: Food for Thought
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The bread we eat today also comes from heaven
The Twins: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “Bead,” she says again, with a little smirk
Dear Acquaintance
Your Possible Friend at the Clinic Why do you make it harder for me — and for you?