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Lessons In Emunah
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Posted on: July 17th, 2014

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Our home is in the center of the Holy Land, surrounded by (what else?) green hills and valleys.

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Posted on: July 10th, 2014

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The simple act of kindness should be the reward itself. Anything more in the form of a reward is gravy.

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Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

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Herman was speechless, yet the look in his eyes said it all. Indeed, his gratitude knew no bounds.

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Posted on: June 26th, 2014

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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.

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Posted on: June 19th, 2014

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It’s written, it says, with all the segulos for shalom bayis and you gave it as a gift to a chassan and kallah.

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Posted on: June 12th, 2014

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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.”

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Posted on: June 3rd, 2014

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Our son-in-law e-mailed tickets for us to print out and bring along to allow us admittance. Simple enough.

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Posted on: May 29th, 2014

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

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Posted on: May 21st, 2014

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There were two pokerfaced police officers standing at our door.

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Posted on: May 14th, 2014

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She always had a smile, and put her best foot forward – as hard as that might have been.

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Posted on: May 8th, 2014

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In fact, if the Mother of the Year Award featured a category for best worrier, I would be a major contender.

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Posted on: May 1st, 2014

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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.

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Posted on: April 24th, 2014

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In disbelief the doctors said it was not their doing but rather a true miracle that such a choleh could survive this illness.

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Posted on: April 24th, 2014

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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.”

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Posted on: April 14th, 2014

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Two husbands were there to instruct us in Texas hold ‘em – and we needed them.

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Posted on: April 10th, 2014

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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?

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Posted on: April 3rd, 2014

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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.”

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Posted on: March 27th, 2014

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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.

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Posted on: March 20th, 2014

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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?

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Posted on: March 13th, 2014

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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.

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