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Of Russian Trees, Russian Flowers and Russian Gold

by Rochel Leah Perlman

After the Second World War, my mother wrote letters to people she had known in Russia, who had been neighbors of her parents and their children. Three neighbors answered that they had seen the Germans shooting all the people as they were running away; among them had been my Mother's dear ones. We shared my mother's weeping and tried hard to comfort her. Many years passed before she was able to cease mourning every day.

The Aliya of R' Isser Zalman Meltzer
by Yisca Shimony

Parshas Vo'eschanan -- Moshe Rabbenu was not privileged to enter Eretz Yisroel but Jews throughout the ages have made sacrifices in order to make aliya.

A story from Yesteryear...

Our First Summer
by Sara Gutfreund

I can still feel the heat of that first summer. It shimmers along the pavement and parches my throat. As soon as I leave the appartment, I am exhausted. I have never known the weight of a Middle Eastern summer. I could not have imagined how desperately I would search for a patch of shade, how relentless the noonday sun could be.

Mother Weaning
by Chava Dumas

The surprise was a class trip to the Golan, something unheard of in the history of her school where every year's end of the term trip was to a water park. I immediately volunteered to be one of the accompanying mothers. My daughter, a bright fourteen-year-old in transition to adulthood, was thrilled and so was I! what a wonderful way to share special time with her by being on a seventeen-hour journey from Jerusalem to Tel Dan and back.

The Wedding We Didn't Go To
by Sudy Rosengarten

Papa's youngest brother, Uncle Jerry, was getting married. In those days, a wedding was a strictly adult affair. The only time that a child attended a wedding was if he was either a brother, sister, niece or nephew of the bride or groom. Otherwise, it was clearly understood that children were never brought along.

Your Medical Questions Answered!
by Joseph B. Leibman, MD

If you let fears run your shidduchim you will cause yourself untold grief. If you are presented with a prince with some background of disease -- check into it with a reliable physician, not a well-meaning but misinformed neighbor. Many of us carry some bad genes, and if you find someone who doesn't, what guarantee do you have that they won't, Rachmono litzlan, die young of cancer or trauma?

To Relieve Tension, Raise Your Hands!
by Dr. Reuven Bruner, Ph.D.

You can relieve stiffness and tension in your shoulders with one simple move. Do this exercise between sets of your upper body workout or afterward, or at home, kollel and at work when your shoulders feel tense.

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