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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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Scandal on Z Street
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Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek