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Overview of the Yom Tov: Lag B’Omer

Rochel Gross

Here we are, in the middle of the sefiras haOmer, a time of mourning for Rabi Akiva’s 24,000 talmidim, who passed away for the sin of not treating one another with enough respect. We refrain from cutting our hair, listening to music, performing weddings, and wearing new clothes. But then, the thirty-third day of the sefirah is a day of great rejoicing and festivity. Why the celebration?

 

The Color of Fire

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

What color are flames? Red, orange, yellow? Actually, flames can be all of these colors — and more. Let’s find out how ...

 

The Garden Gang Fights Back

Millie Samson

Daisy opened her eyes and looked around the garden. She was the only one awake. “I’ll go for a walk,” she thought, “before anyone else gets up.” Lupin was snoring gently, his tall stem drooping in his sleep, while Rose and her sisters had closed their petals delicately around themselves. All was quiet in the garden — but not for long.



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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?”