Enough! Sarah Pachter With French parents, I grew up hearing the phrase, “Ça suffit,” all the time. Interestingly, although my mother only became a French citizen later in life—my father is the true native—it is her voice I still hear ringing in my ears. Literally,…

Torah Musings: Enough!

Dear Readers, The Gemara recounts how a potential convert asked Hillel HaZaken to teach him the entire Torah on one foot. Hillel responded, “Don’t do to others that which you don’t want done to you.” It’s interesting that he didn’t say it in the positive,…

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True Stories of Kids Acting Kind Sarah Pachter Someone once told Henny Machlis, a righteous woman who hosted hundreds every weekend for Shabbos meals, about a woman suffering from cancer. She immediately pulled out her tehillim and davened throughout the entire night for her recovery.…

Torah Musings: True Stories of Kids Acting Kind

Dear readers, My father-in-law, Rabbi Eliezer Lipman Dubrawsky, a”h, used to say that one of the biggest punishments Hashem can give is to take away someone’s faith. Alternatively, one of the biggest assets a person can have is rock solid faith. With faith, we can…

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Book Review: My Name is Isaiah by Debbie Strom (Feldheim Publishers 2019) Historical Fiction, 272 pp. Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon Get ready to be transported back to the time of sword fights, secret passageways, and thunderous horseback-riding in Debbie Strom’s adventure novel My Name…

Book Review: My Name is Isaiah by Debbie Strom

Breaking Your Fall Sarah Pachter While speaking to a friend on the phone, she asked me, “Sarah, do you ever experience a low? I know I do, but I’m wondering if that ever happens to you. You seem so confident and put together. Do you…

Torah Musings: Breaking Your Fall

Dear readers, Why is it that we have this almost hypnotic urge to look at the news? Bad news, terrible news, kvetchy news and even fake news. Almost anything becomes interesting as long as it’s not part of our lives. We can be blessed with…

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Project Focus Inspires and Educates Families in the Digital Age Yehudis Litvak On September 15th, just two weeks before Rosh Hashanah, about 2000 Jewish men and women gathered at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills for an evening of inspiration and guidance presented by Project…

Project Focus Inspires and Educates Families in the Digital Age

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You Never Know What (Challah) Will Stick Sarah Pachter Years ago, my mother-in-law mailed me a “how to” page from a magazine. The article was instructing how to make a braided challah in the shape of a crown and pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah. She knows…

Torah Musings: You Never Know What (Challah) Will Stick

How to Have a Blast on Rosh Hashanah Rabbi Dov Heller Rosh Hashanah is the Judaism’s Day of Judgment. Sounds scary? It could be the most enjoyable day of your life! Here are five ideas to help you have a blast this Rosh Hashanah. G-d…

Emotional Health: How to Have a Blast on Rosh Hashanah

Dear readers, As we get older, we get a whole new appreciation for the takanos and minhagim our chachamim have instituted over the past 2000 years. Take the calendar, for example. By the time the summer is over, we are both physically and emotionally drained.…

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Facing Tefillah, Community, and Family as a Couple Struggling with Fertility Dr. Karen Wasserstein Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is a time of reflection, a time of spirituality. For many people, tefillah, community and family feel like a warm embrace. To others, such as those experiencing infertility, these can feel…

Facing Tefillah, Community, and Family as a Couple Struggling with Fertility

More Secrets Towards a Happier Marriage Sarah Pachter An acquaintance of mine, Judy, opened up about her strained marriage. I told her about a book entitled The Empowered Wife, by Laura Doyle. Doyle’s personal story sounded similar to Judy’s, and she had made this the…

Torah Musings: More Secrets Towards a Happier Marriage