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Fly, Birdie, Fly!

Rhona Lewis

Birds of Eden is a bird sanctuary near Plettenberg Bay on the east coast of South Africa. That means it’s a protected area where animals or birds can live safely. This is especially important because in today’s world, many birds are endangered, which means that if we don’t give them a safe place to live, they could become extinct. In fact, today there are about 10,000 species of birds, and 400 species of birds are endangered. In the last hundred years, 103 types of bird have become extinct

 

FYI: The Dawn Chorus

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

If you’ve ever woken up very, very early in the morning, you’ve probably heard the wonderful sound of the birds singing, known as the “dawn chorus.” Why do birds sing — and why in the morning?

 

Birds in the Garden!

Chava Dumas

This spring, try to wake up very early one morning, when it’s still completely dark and totally quiet. As the darkness slowly begins to lift, you may soon hear one soloist begin to chirp, as though calling others to awaken. Within a few minutes, this lone voice will be joined by another perky chirp. As the moment of sunrise approaches, what do you hear?



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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”