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Borrowed Lives

Libi Astaire

On Chanukah we remember Chanah and her seven sons, who courageously gave up their lives rather than betray their faith. And on Chanukah we have the custom to distribute Chanukah gelt. What’s the connection between money and loyalty to the Torah? The lives of three fascinating Jewish women who lived during the Middle Ages provide an answer.

 

Save the Date

Debbie Shapiro

Quiet. She wanted silence. Instead, the machine, the little blue monster, constantly beeped. It sounded like a scream as it monitored the amount of medicine entering her bloodstream. And then, whenever she managed to ignore the constant beeping and fall into a restless sleep, after taking a pill to calm the pain, a doctor, nurse, or technician would appear and with a forced smile say, “We’re here to check your pulse [or take your blood, or bring you to another test].”

 

Beating the Boredom Blues

Mati Swimer

Your long-awaited Chanukah party is arriving. You have your décor, and dishes. Yet the pressure is on; if last year’s party was a success, then this year’s gathering has to surpass it. What are you going to do to ensure that your company has a terrific time?

 

A Light in the Darkness

Bassi Gruen

“Your child will be a Frankenstein.” The doctor’s voice is cold and flat. “I recommend you terminate the pregnancy immediately.” The chilling pronouncement is followed by more words, an avalanche of words, each one ripping dreams and planting terror. “A baby born with CMV can experience endless problems. She may have hearing loss, vision loss, mental disability, autism, an undersized brain, cerebral palsy, and seizures. If she survives birth that is. Many such babies don’t.”

 

A Mind Held Captive: Malka Goldberg’s Story

C.B. Gavant

It was late evening when I got the phone call. “There’s a speech at my house that I’m sure you want to hear,” said my friend Bassie. “Not tonight,” I begged off. “I’m exhausted and so are the kids.” “You’ll regret missing this one,” she insisted. “This is going to change your whole perspective on life.” And so, at her insistence, I came and met Malka Goldberg. And hearing her story indeed changed my entire life.

 

Creating Myself

Ayala Schorr

A medley of emotions washed over me when I was asked to tell my story: relief, sadness, pain, and joy. I’ve never told my story to anyone, and it’s a personal triumph for me to stand before you, albeit anonymously, and pour out my heart, even as I celebrate who I’ve become. It’s a bittersweet, concrete demarcation of where I come from and where I am today, like two polar ends on a globe, with a gargantuan swath of siyata d’Shmaya spanning both opposites.



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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”