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Change of Scenery

Meira Feinman

Nowadays, most children’s hospitals aim to be fun, friendly places. They didn’t always look this entertaining — far from it. Hospitals used to be dreary places, with stark, whitewashed walls, and a silent, hushed atmosphere. But since the 1920s, people have been studying how a happier environment can improve a child’s stay in the hospital. Let’s take a look at what they’ve come up with!

 

World Builders: Dollars and Sense, for Tzedakah

Sara Miriam Gross

What can you buy for a dollar? Can you get something enormous? If you’re looking for an enormous mitzvah, you can! This week we meet Daniel Hirsch, a twelve-year-old World Builder from Brooklyn, whose class in yeshivah raised $12,000 for tzedakah! That’s 12,000 priceless mitzvos!

 

On the Right Derech: Best Face Forward

Leah Dolinger

We are about to launch the final part in our “On the Right Derech” series. Derech eretz finds its basis in the Aseres HaDibros, regarding the honor and respect that are due our parents and our Torah teachers. However, what about the rest of the world? We can make a kiddush Hashem every time we meet or greet anyone. In this section of hilchos derech eretz we will learn about the basic courtesy that should be extended to everyone we meet.

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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
Words Unspoken I could say, “Welcome to real life, honey!” as I notice ...