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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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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
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Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
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