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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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Atonement — Fake and Real
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Four Walls Coming Full Circle
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And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you