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What I Leaned From Playing Poker

15 Nisan 5774 – April 14, 2014
Two husbands were there to instruct us in Texas hold ‘em – and we needed them.

My Father’s Photograph Of ‘Divine Providence’

11 Nisan 5774 – April 10, 2014
As his bomber lost altitude with the ground rushing up, my father remembered his last thought: “How am I going to get out of this?

While I Was Sleeping

4 Nisan 5774 – April 3, 2014
Even in the best of times, life is not free of calamity or crisis. But like the well-known Jewish expression goes: “It could be a lot worse.”

The Master Plan: Scripted To Perfection

26 Adar II 5774 – March 27, 2014
Predictably, my husband agrees and is fine with either night. But after reminding him that he steadily delivers a shiur in his shul on Tuesday nights, he chooses Wednesday, offering a topic related to the Four Sons of Haggadah fame.

Frogs Were Jumping Everywhere

19 Adar II 5774 – March 20, 2014
I insisted that one decoration, a dancing sevivon (dreidel) man, remain hanging in recognition of the chag. Some in my family questioned the appropriateness of this decision. Was it proper to have decorations hanging in what would soon become a house of shiva?

Right On Time

12 Adar II 5774 – March 13, 2014
So this is what she got herself into: serving chicken soup and getting bits of rent on random days. She couldn’t say it wasn’t worth it, as she was earning both a chesed and a little bit of cash.

We Are Family

5 Adar II 5774 – March 6, 2014
He exhorted all of us to continue to reach out to one another each and every day because that is what our tafkid (life’s goal) should be. And because that is what Hashem requires of us.

The Erev Shabbos Call

28 Adar I 5774 – February 27, 2014
It is my family’s minhag, for many generations, to light the candles 30 minutes before shekiah, as opposed to the commonly held custom of 20 minutes. So I told my husband that those 10 extra minutes should not be an issue.

A Tale Of Two Todds

21 Adar I 5774 – February 20, 2014
I was pretty open [and naïve] about accepting dating suggestions. There was the Israeli that spoke little English with whom I could barely communicate, the brilliant scholar who I discovered was manic depressive, the frum hippie that was still more hippie than frum, and a slew of others – all interesting, but not for me.

Above And Beyond

14 Adar I 5774 – February 13, 2014
Shimon’s early years were not easy ones. His mother struggled to support both of them. She never acquired the knowledge needed to help her son through school years filled with homework and tests.

Celestial Reunion

7 Adar I 5774 – February 6, 2014
The exact details of that nocturnal levayah have long since faded from my memory. However, one poignant story shook me to the core of my being – and remains with me still.

Thank you, Agudat Efrat

30 Shevat 5774 – January 30, 2014
There is not even a shadow of doubt that without Agudat Efrat’s help, this child would not have been born.

A Kidney For A Stranger

23 Shevat 5774 – January 23, 2014
Kidney transplants from a living donor are infinitely preferable over a transplant from a dead person. The chances of it being rejected by the body are much lower, the life expectancy of the newly transplanted kidney is twice as high, and the recipient’s life and diet can return to normal much faster.

Brain Freeze

16 Shevat 5774 – January 16, 2014
Once again neither of us had the tickets, but this time we knew to follow the unusual protocol and pick up our tickets at the airline counter. So we dutifully waited in line and requested our tickets. This time, however, no tickets awaited us.

The Lost Siddur

9 Shevat 5774 – January 9, 2014
When my very busy friend and former neighbor called to say, “I have a story to tell you,” I knew it had to be a good one. I wasn’t disappointed.

What’s In A Name?

2 Shevat 5774 – January 2, 2014
Parents possess divine inspiration (ruach haKodesh) when naming their children. In instances wherein a child is named after a departed loved one, we take great care in our choice – in the belief that the best character traits of the person we are honoring will be reflected in our precious progeny’s actions.

Family Ties

24 Tevet 5774 – December 26, 2013
Not long after my mother died, I was sitting on campus talking with a friend and mentioned that it had been a long time since I had seen a frog. I used to love going out into the garden with my mother and our St. Bernard dog in the autumn evenings and see the frogs come out. I have a thing about frogs – probably from reading too many fairy tales.

The Peace-Loving Principal

16 Tevet 5774 – December 18, 2013
One thing Meir couldn’t abide was machloket. He would fight wholeheartedly on behalf of his pupils in a situation involving a dispute – but not so if it was political, educational, or religious in nature.

Winter Wonderland

10 Tevet 5774 – December 12, 2013
We had inadvertently parked in the lot of a nearby church...

Two Weddings

3 Tevet 5774 – December 5, 2013
The wedding was going full blast, with the joyful Jewish music playing. The sound of the violin awoke unfulfilled longings and triggered moisture in the eyes.

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