Choosing to Live with Simcha (Happiness)

By Michele Asa A few years ago, within the space of four months, I made a Bar Mitzvah, then flew to South Africa to be with my mother who was ill and buried her the day after I arrived. One daughter got engaged while I was there. After my return, another daughter had a baby, … Continue reading Choosing to Live with Simcha (Happiness)

Sholem’s Legacy

By Devorah Benchimol The Talmud says: man fears his fellow man more than he fears God.   This article was written by Sholem’s mom, Devorah and translated by Anna Frieman. A simple Sunday night, during the crazy COVID quarantine. A family readying itself for just another week to come. Me, preparing, doing my things, hearing my … Continue reading Sholem’s Legacy

Gail Halpert: Finding Light in the Darkness

By Mindy Rubenstein Gail Halpert takes daily walks around her tree-lined Mandarin neighborhood, sometimes a mile or longer. She dresses beautifully, puts on her necklace and earrings, and carefully does her hair.  She loves to cook, especially things like hearty soup and other favorites from her childhood in Romania, where her family grew fruits and … Continue reading Gail Halpert: Finding Light in the Darkness

Envisioning a Healthier Kosher Standard

By Manya Ronay Judaism commands us to live at a very high level of consciousness. We are called on to watch what we say, what we do and even what we eat. Yes, not only must we guard what comes out of our mouths, we must guard what goes into our mouths as well! The … Continue reading Envisioning a Healthier Kosher Standard

Releasing Community Control and Widening the Path of Torah for Our Children

‘Fear no one, but G-d alone.’  By Miriam Racquel Feldman I recently came across a letter from my son that was written to the Lubavitcher Rebbe (some people send these to the Ohel and some put into the Igros Kodesh—my family’s way is to use the Igros Kodesh) with a list of complaints about a … Continue reading Releasing Community Control and Widening the Path of Torah for Our Children

How do we gracefully weather this temporary ‘normal’?

Since it is neither possible nor a good idea to sanitize the world, our microcosms are our own responsibility. This has always been true. Spare yourself the unhealthy stress of worrying what others are doing. Focus on your personal efforts and thank Hashem in advance for continuing to keep you safe.