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Shuki and Tuki at the Esrog Orchard

Rochel Gross

Many Yidden are happy to pay a small fortune to purchase an esrog mehudar — an esrog that is especially beautiful and halachically as perfect as possible. To discover how an esrog grows and why it is such a costly item, we’re off to Be’er Yaakov, a little town in Eretz Yisrael, to visit Chibas Yerushalayim. Reb Mendel Katz is happy to give us a fascinating tour of his plant, where he grows esrogim of the “Chazon Ish variety.”

 

Lessons for Life: Heavenly Protection

Rochel Gross

During Musaf on Yom Kippur, we read about the Asarah Harugei Malchus — the ten Tannaim killed by the wicked Romans. The Gemara and the Zohar say the tears we shed over the deaths of these great Sages atone for our sins. It is not difficult to weep when reading the stories of their tragic deaths. Here we bring you the story of one of them — the holy Tanna, Rabi Chanina ben Teradyon.



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With All Due Respect
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The honor of every human being
What We Lost
Yonoson Rosenblum A long view, a larger perspective
Reprobate Return
Eytan Kobre Loyalty to the true and the morally upright
My Own Gentle Giant
Jacob L. Freedman Finn smirked. “Do whatever you want, Dr. Israel”
Individually United
Faigy Peritzman Two contradictions classify the Korban Pesach as a chok
Hearing Problems
Sarah Chana Radcliffe In fight mode, you may hear attacks never said
An Equal Focus
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles Remaining true to our most authentic feminine selves
The Marketer, Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “I’m late, my work is late, I come to meetings late”
Dear Neighbor and Friend
Words Unspoken I know you’ve been given challenging kids