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Fun Takes Work

Rachel Bachrach

They come from cities two hours away and countries twelve hours away. They work as directors, cooks, nurses, and lifeguards. And when the summer is over, they go back to their homes, their jobs, and their daily routines. Meet the women who make camp possible.

 

The Battle Against Boredom

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

As soon as summer hits, kids start complaining about being bored. They’re not the only ones — even we adults face boredom, whether we’re yawning our way through a tedious task or stuck in line at some bureaucratic office. Here, how to use that “I’m bored” feeling to improve your life, plus creative boredom-busters.

 

Traveling Light

Zehava Kaner

Many of us pick up emotional baggage over the years and end up lugging it around. For Devora Farrell, it took a life-threatening disease to get her to finally put her bags down — and even toss a few away. “I didn’t just have some baggage,” quips Devora, who has stage-four cancer and a total of twelve tumors in her body. “I had a bunch of suitcases, some of them matching.”

 

Short Story: First Steps

Shayna Hunt

Her name was Irina. When I first met her she was ten years old, spoke flawless English while sporting a Russian accent, and saw the world through the most beautiful hazel eyes I had ever seen.



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The Yeshivah That Never Gives Up
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Nurturing every spark until it’s a full-fledged flame
He Loved to Do Good
Yonoson Rosenblum What it means to take responsibility for a fellow Jew
Out of Character
Eytan Kobre This gaping gap in my would-be wordsmithery niggles
Got Grit?
Alexandra Fleksher How can we help our kids get grittier?
10 Questions for Yoni Fishkin
Rachel Bachrach 15,000 minyanim, more than 6,500 locations, 70 countries
Lucky Day
Jacob L. Freedman Zaki got an addictive thrill from risking it all
Ghost of a Chance
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman He knew and she knew. And that was all that mattered
Giving All I Have
Riki Goldstein The song of unswerving faith
Rabbi Shloime Taussig: I’m never in the studio without…
Riki Goldstein “I make sure to do this before every job”
Last-Minute Decisions
Riki Goldstein How do entertainers know they made the right choice?
Preparation Makes Perfect
Faigy Peritzman The more we prepare, the more we can receive kedushah
Not Wanted
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Lectures usually don’t inspire — they backfire
Constant Creation
Rabbi Menachem Nissel The keys to life are safely in Hashem’s Hands
The Gardener: Part IV
D. Himy with Zivia Reischer “When there’s a pause in conversation, you can join in”