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Tzelafchad’s Daughter

Libi Astaire

What’s in a name? According to Tirtza Jotkowitz, an attorney specializing in halachic estate planning, plenty! She traces her personal spiritual legacy back to her namesake in this week’s parshah: Tirtza bas Tzelafchad, who, along with her sisters, was among the first Jews to be concerned with the Torah’s laws of inheritance.

 

The Weight of Worry

Dov Finkelstein, LCSW

When most of us start worrying, we try to either suppress or quiet the thoughts. Find out why this may be counterproductive, plus the best way to alleviate anxiety.

 

Hit the Road!

Bracha Deutsch

For most, the mere thought of having to pack their children into the car for more than an hour is daunting. Yet there are families who willingly choose to squeeze kids and luggage into the minivan and hit the road for nine hours at a time … all for a great family vacation. “A vacation?” you laugh, “That’s impossible!” But before you nix the idea, take a second look at the concept of a family road trip.

 

The Scent of Dawn

Chavi Yellin

Throughout those years of intense longing, whenever I pictured the moment, it was all roses, sunshine, and pastel-colored bubbles. The euphoria, the glee-filled, tearful phone calls to share the news with the world. The plump pink-faced bundle squirming at my side. It was nothing like that.

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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
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
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