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Inside the Invitation: Navigating the Guest List Minefield

Riva Pomerantz

It looks so innocent — a large, calligraphy-enhanced envelope. But when you’re the one addressing them, you know just how difficult it is to find the balance between good intentions, social obligations, and financial reality.

 

Papa Would Have Been Proud: The Bittersweet Post-Holocaust Weddings

Michal E.

They were the simplest of affairs. Family members were notably absent; elaborate dinners were but a memory. Bridal dresses were homemade; friends were the makeshift interfierers. Simultaneous emotions of happiness and mourning ran high. These were the postwar weddings, the bittersweet marriages of thousands of Jews who had experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. They were memorable; they were the unions that ensured the perpetuation of a treasured heritage. They were the cry of “Nachamu Ami."

 

Information, Please

Margie Pensak

Sherlock Holmes, move over! Make way for many a Yiddishe Mama and Tatte who can compete with Scotland Yard’s best when it comes to “checking out” a potential shidduch for their son or daughter. Parents around the world share their investigative methods — as well as their hardest, nuttiest, and best experiences, along with several experts who convey their own take on the information-gathering process.

 

Bringing Serenity into Engagement

Shaya Ostrov, LCSW

It is the best of times; it is the worst of times. The period of engagement can set the foundation for a happy, stable marriage. Yet it may also sow seeds of anxiety that can later cause havoc. A seasoned therapist offers us invaluable tools for navigating the rocky waters of engagement.



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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?”