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7 on Seven: Secrets of Seven

Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz

Time is a gift. Hashem provided us with a system to mark the passage of time as a reminder to utilize this precious commodity well: a week is seven days, the shemittah cycle is seven years, and we find the mystical number seven recurring throughout Hashem’s creations in the natural world, in the lives of humans, and in the mitzvos of the Torah. Why did Hashem choose the number seven?

 

7 on Seven: Shabbos Queens

Esther Teichtal

It’s Shabbos. Not for one day, but for an entire year, a year of uncertainty, a year of emunah. Four farmers’ wives share the experience of shemittah near the fields — the change of pace, the change of focus. It’s a Shabbos of the Land, and they greet it eagerly.

 

7 on Seven: Beyond Sheva Brachos

Riki Goldstein

A dreamy wedding, seven days of sumptuous meals, and hours to get to know each other — and then a couple is thrust into the pressures and tensions of regular living. Women reflect back on that critical year of shanah rishonah, and share advice on marriage, housekeeping, in-laws, and more.

 

7 on Seven: The Gift of Seven

As told to C.B. Gavant

The days of shivah marched relentlessly forward, and somewhere through that blur of grief and consolation we realized that the date of Yanky’s death was seven years and two days after his accident at age four. Our strange conversation with the mekubal all those years ago came into startling relief. Seven years of life…seven extra years of life. And that changed everything.

 

7 on Seven: Ruby Bottles of Mitzvos

Shoshana R. Meiri

The Shivas Haminim, the seven species with which the land of Eretz Yisrael is blessed, have always had significance for Jews. Recently, research has proven the startling health benefits of pomegranates. One Manchester-based housewife has created an empire of chesed from the glistening seeds of the rimon.

 
 

7 on Seven: Three Thousand Shabbos Guests

As told to Leah Gebber

More than the Jews have kept Shabbos, Shabbos has kept the Jews. The seventh day of the week is our island and oasis, an iron-strong bond to our Creator. One woman wasn’t satisfied with sanctifying Shabbos on her own; she wanted to share the treasure with anyone who thirsted for it. Her initiative led to a Guinness World Record for the largest Shabbos meal ever recorded — illuminating thousands of hearts with its light.

 

When Ziti Was Young

Perel Grossman



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A Response to "Too Far from Home"
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Chareidi Israel is not happy to absorb immigrants”
Life after Kollel
Yonoson Rosenblum Remaining a ben Torah requires remaining a bar daas
Angel's Advocate
Eytan Kobre Because this is how’s it’s supposed to be always
Bring Back the Wonder
Yisroel Besser Look around and say, “Ribbono shel Olam, wow!”
Make Your Words Count
Rabbi Shneur Aisenstark This story delivers two sobering lessons for all of us
I Know of What I Speak
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman I would allow my mask to fall, my soul to be revealed
Meet the Tzaddik
Jacob L. Freedman “Aren’t there meds that can get him back to yeshivah?”
Two centuries later, the Chasam Sofer’s niggunim are heard again
Riki Goldstein The musical side of the Chasam Sofer dynasty
How Do You Think of These Words?
Riki Goldstein “For me, the words are the neshamah of the song”
The Song I Can't Stop Singing: Shlomo Simcha
Riki Goldstein “Which song are you connecting to this season?”
Megama Had the Magic
Riki Goldstein Remembering Moshe Yess a”h and Shalom Levine a”h
Living Beyond the Moment
Faigy Peritzman Someone steeped in Torah always lives beyond the moment
Uncertainty
Sarah Chana Radcliffe We can only be sure that we can never be sure
Instinctive Knowledge
With Rav Moshe Wolfson, written by Baila Vorhand Jewish babies are born knowing Hashem
The Gardener: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “It’s a secret language called body language”