It takes A Village: Revolutionary New Community Coming to LA Devorah Talia Gordon Perhaps you’ve seen the large sign up in the heart of Pico-Robertson announcing The Village, a first-of-its-kind project about to be launched in LA. A six-story apartment building and community center for…

It takes A Village: Revolutionary New Community Coming to LA

They Broke into the Jewelry Store! Sarah Pachter Before I was born, my mother prayed daily that my father would not have to work on Shabbat. She longed to observe it properly and attend synagogue weekly. She prayed for over ten years, with no success.…

Sarah’s Corner: They Broke into the Jewelry Store!

Dear Readers, We all know the importance of Ahavas Yisroel, loving our fellow Yid. We also know that the Torah doesn’t allow us to keep grudges and act upon them. The reality is that there are people we naturally get along with and there are…

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The Wisdom of Getting UnstuckRabbi Shimshon Meir FrankelMosaica Press250 pp. Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon “You are the author of your own story. You’re the main character and, as you know, a compelling story always has the main character come into conflict with an opposing…

Book Review: The Wisdom of Getting Unstuck

Dear Readers, No matter one’s opinion about the Chinese virus and how the world has reacted to it, we can all agree that fear is not the Jewish way. Everything that happens in this world comes from Hashem. Nothing happens to us without Hashem having…

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I Don’t Make Birthday Parties Sarah Pachter I don’t throw birthday parties. Instead, I make siyums. Any time a child of ours completes any type of Jewish learning, Torah book, or sefer, we make a celebration. They choose how they want to celebrate, and we…

Sarah’s Corner: I Don’t Make Birthday Parties

You can always come home! Rabbi Chaim Shaul Brook, Chabad Shliach to Bozeman Montana We are in the midst of the High Holy Days, a time of reflection and new beginnings. Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur bring to life judgment and sincerity, Sukkot and Shemini-Atzeret/Simchat-Torah…

You can always come home!

“I Can’t Afford that Hotel!” Sarah Pachter Rav Yisroel Salanter was known to share the following mashal. There was once an extremely expensive hotel that charged $120,000 per night. They offered proration per minute, and even the most affluent individuals often chose this option. A…

Sarah’s Corner: “I Can’t Afford that Hotel!”

Dear Readers, At times it feels like someone popped an enormous balloon of anxiety and sprinkled it upon all of society. Wherever we turn we encounter anxious people, some more and some less. Where is this coming from? Is it the constant discussion of a…

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Three Steps to Consistent Change Sarah Pachter I’m part of a group that reads one paragraph of a Torah lesson each day. We’re supposed to keep going until we can make a siyum. Meanwhile, this lesson-a-day book has sat in my bedside dresser for the…

Sarah’s Corner: Three Steps to Consistent Change

Dear Readers, What came first, the chicken or the egg? Is it the news industry that obsesses over headline grabbing bad news or is it that we consumers are looking for it? After all, would they sell a product that no one would buy? I…

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The Hidden Heart Sarah Pachter After having my baby, I went to a varicose vein specialist. While the technician was performing the ultrasound, she told me that the calf actually serves as “another heart” for the body. She explained that while the heart pumps blood…

Sarah’s Corner: The Hidden Heart

Dear Readers, The month of Elul is a serious and reflective month. It’s a time for us to take stock of the past year, strengthening the good behaviors and correcting the errors. Yet, there’s a strong underlying joy in this. The knowledge that Hashem wants…

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