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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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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?”