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The ‘Chance’ Encounter

6 Tammuz 5774 – July 3, 2014
Herman was speechless, yet the look in his eyes said it all. Indeed, his gratitude knew no bounds.

A Journey Worth Taking

29 Sivan 5774 – June 26, 2014
A few seats away, I noticed a man with a Mishnah in hand, talking intently into a cell phone. I soon realized the man was participating in a Daf Yomi shiur, utilizing his traveling time well.

The Lost Mezuzah

22 Sivan 5774 – June 19, 2014
It’s written, it says, with all the segulos for shalom bayis and you gave it as a gift to a chassan and kallah.

A Tale Of Two Pigeons

15 Sivan 5774 – June 12, 2014
As I listed the litany of tragedies, as I perceived them, my mother responded by saying: “Who’s had a terrible life? I’ve had a wonderful life. I had your father for 40 years until he was taken from us. I had you and your brother. I lived to see grandchildren.”

Fasten Your Seat Belts!

6 Sivan 5774 – June 3, 2014
Our son-in-law e-mailed tickets for us to print out and bring along to allow us admittance. Simple enough.

The Siddur

29 Iyyar 5774 – May 29, 2014
“Daddy,” I exclaimed, “Is this how you daven?” Daddy’s response was a hearty laugh. I felt so proud of myself.

A Long Night’s Journey

22 Iyyar 5774 – May 21, 2014
There were two pokerfaced police officers standing at our door.

The Ups And Downs Of Summer

15 Iyyar 5774 – May 14, 2014
She always had a smile, and put her best foot forward – as hard as that might have been.

Shomer Pesayim Hashem

9 Iyyar 5774 – May 8, 2014
In fact, if the Mother of the Year Award featured a category for best worrier, I would be a major contender.

Lost Shidduchim

2 Iyyar 5774 – May 1, 2014
Put a coin in the Meir Baal Haness box every day and ask Reb Meir Baal Haness to find the lost kallah,” Ella told me.

Tehillim Is A Very Powerful Tool

25 Nisan 5774 – April 24, 2014
In disbelief the doctors said it was not their doing but rather a true miracle that such a choleh could survive this illness.

A Place Called Crown Heights

I vowed that when I would grow up, I would speak Yiddish to my kinderlach and I would move to “a place called Crown Heights.”

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.

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