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The Sound Of Silence

C.B. Gavant

Being quiet is the only way some little children know how to scream for help. A closer look at selective mutism — the causes, the hardships, and how parents can help their kids find their voice again.


Best Intentions

As told to Yiska Kahan

I did it all for the wrong reasons. I’m telling you this now; back then I didn’t admit it to anyone, not to the neighbor who got me involved, not to my husband, not even to myself. I did it because of the peer pressure. Because we were all standing in the hallway and Shoshana Weiss had caught me off guard. I did it because everyone else was so forthcoming and so loud in their excuses that I had to say something. Saying that I wasn’t interested, or that I hate cooking, just wouldn’t fly.


Stronger than DNA

Faigy Peritzman

Suddenly, I zeroed in on a cluster of photos of a sweet African American boy with a kippa perched proudly on his head, his warm smile gazing from various photos chronicling different stages of his life. “And who’s this?” I wondered out loud. “Oh, that’s Sruli. He’s our best friend’s son.” Best friend? Had I met this best friend? I mentally ran through the list of guests at my wedding, but couldn’t place anyone who could fit the description of Sruli’s parents.


The Lasting Impact of Last Names

Rachel Bachrach

When Shana Zelinger of Brooklyn, New York, married Shmayie Friedman, she looked forward to many things. One of them was a new last name. Just imagine, she thought gleefully. No longer would she be subject to being last in line. Their children wouldn’t be forced to sit in the back corner of the classroom. And think of the graduations, when Abramowitzes, Baums, and even Fines received their diplomas to the sound of thunderous clapping, while Zelingers were lucky to get even a smattering of applause.

Never Despair
Rabbi Moshe Grylak HaKadosh Baruch Hu always opens a way back
Yonoson Rosenblum My first Sephardic minyan on Shabbos
No Questions Asked
Eytan Kobre I still don’t have a satisfying answer to this question
“Lachem” Times Ten
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Perhaps we can add one more interpretation
Keeping Your Head and Bases Covered
Jacob L. Freedman “Take it off?! Wearing my kippah literally saved my life...
Money Speaks
Faigy Peritzman Approach eternal life with happiness and meticulousness
Preparing for Change
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Help your kids navigate change consciously and carefully
A Listening Ear
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Hear a message, not a sound