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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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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”