Shofar Blowing In India

We loved hearing from our son by phone, and sometimes there was good enough reception to see him on WhatsApp. He was really having a wonderful time. He would plan his hiking itinerary around the goal of being in a Chabad House for Shabbatot.

My Answer From The Lubavitcher Rebbe

I did not ask for parnassah or to find a new job. I asked The Rebbe that there should be a shul (synagogue) within 2 or 3 blocks from the place where I will eventually find work.

Mother Is Always Right!

Time has not lessened my longing for her however, comfort did come to me in a very unexpected manner.

When The Phone Rings

We called his phone, but there was no ring in the car. I knew Dovid had been fooling around with it in the car on the way over, so it wasn’t at home.

The Odessa File

Oren pleaded with the department head to allow him to take this final exam either on Friday or on Sunday. His laconic reply was that this had never been allowed before and therefore could not be allowed now.

An Extra Bris Outfit

But they didn’t return it. I didn’t even know who the parents of the baby were and in any case I wouldn’t have felt comfortable bothering a new mother.

Saved By The Shechinah

We came to Israel for ruchniyus, for spiritual nourishment; physical comforts were irrelevant in our search for meaning.

Driving On Cloud Nine

True, they agreed that the other was nice looking and the correct age and observance level. But a shidduch redt by a driving instructor who hardly knew either of them? Seriously???

Corona Gifts

The day after a wedding is not the best day to get a new air conditioning unit as we were still recovering from all of the wedding expenses, predictable and otherwise.

One Small Deed

There was one guy in front of me in line, a thirties-looking man with an open-necked blue shirt. He’d seen the same scene I did, with an up close view right from the door. Like an angel to the rescue, he opened the door and stuck out a twenty.

View From Her Tent

Esther says that she’s had a few trials in her life and the key to her faith is looking at the positive and not harping on the bad. Something she’s worked on perfecting her whole life.

A Message From Moshe With Help From Above

For years I have been interested in stories about families that lost someone they loved, like the one I am compelled to write now.

Do You Know Anyone Called Zvi?

They realized he must have got on a bus, but they had no idea which bus. They had no way of knowing whether it had been a bus to Ramot where we live.

To Life

I didn’t realize that the anecdotes I gave my offspring, and then grandchildren, would truly be heard and also remembered.

The Shabbos Salad That Hashem Sent

I sat on the couch, surrounded by loved ones, so, so grateful for the beautiful Shabbos we would celebrate together, our first family gathering in many months, inspired by the upcoming occasion of one of our grandson’s upsherin on motzei Shabbos.

Not Just For The Birds

The scene of thousands and thousands of cranes, as well as other birds, was awesome. I thought that would be the climax of our three-day trip up north.

The Truth And Nothing But The Whole Tooth

Had we waited a day or two longer, the tooth would have died completely.

Lost In China

He reluctantly pulled himself up, slung his knapsack over his weary shoulders, and walked for several hours until he discovered that he was approaching the same big rock that he had passed several hours earlier.

Miracle On A Lonely Road

As a visitor, one can often feel a sense of danger there, although if one’s Jewish radar is properly tuned in, one can feel the concentrated presence of Hashem in His Holy Land, more so than anywhere else on earth.

A Concrete Act Of Emunah

I’m not moving from here until the Baal Shem Tov gives me a blessing for a child. Either he can bless me, or he can step over me, but without his blessing, I’m not moving from here!

The Big Green Dumpster

Finally, with little time to spare, Pinchas steered his loaded minivan onto the block where their hosts lived. Then he started circling. “Who can spot a parking spot?” he called out to his restless crew.

Aah, The Wonders Of Passover

I think there were actually two criminals in my apartment that night, a man and a woman.

Searching For Roots In Berdichev

Abe and I were a bit surprised that Eliyahu Yeshaya would spend over a $1,000 on a half-week trip to the Ukraine. We didn’t know that he had his own itinerary in mind.

In Hot Water

My team leader and quality control checkers lived overseas. They paid little attention to the dramatic events I had just undergone. But they did sense that I was feeling vulnerable, and it was showing in my work.

What The Bookseller Taught Me

She called the woman over and asked her to wait. Mrs. H. went into a room and returned with a large bag, which she handed to the customer, telling her that she had already paid for it.

The Cycle Of Life Continues

Although it’s been more than 40 years since we last met, how could my husband and I forget Steve...

With Gratitude

So along with my gratitude sessions, I decided to be more aware of saying thank you to people who deserve acknowledgment along the way – service providers, bus drivers, and the like – which I’m not always good at doing.

A “Coincidence” From The Daf Yomi

He reread it time and time again, but finally decided he’d just have to accept that he didn’t understand it and move on.

Opening The Doors

Logically, it isn’t possible for you to make it to work on time. But there is a Creator. And nothing stands in His way.

The Waiver

When he first found out that his bar mitzvah parsha was Yisro, which contains the Ten Commandments, Yedidya felt that Hashem had been particularly generous with him.


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