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On the Calendar: The Month of Av
10 Facts to Know About the Month of Av

Due to the tragic events that occurred during this month, its name reminds us that G-d is there to comfort us in times of tragedy.
Watching a Child’s Chemotherapy Treatments

She has lost all her lovely locks of hair, and she has become terribly weak.
The Contrasting Month of Av: From Lamentations to Opportunity

Even in exile we have the ability to reveal the light that’s hidden within the darkness.
Video
The Secret of the Three Weeks

The saddest period in the Jewish calendar, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple – amongst a litany of other national tragedies – is commonly referred to as 'The Three Weeks'. Yet, our Sages referred to this period as '21 Days'? The answer to this innocuous question reveals an astounding new depth to both the mourning period and its inevitable resolution. (Based on Sefer Hasichos 5750)
Your Questions
Why Look at Our Fingernails at Havdalah?

The basic reason is that one should be close enough to the flame's light to benefit from it.
What Is a "Macher"?
In Yiddish, the word mach means both “do” and “make.”
What Do I Tell a Suicidal Friend in the Hospital?

The best antidote for depression is serving others.
Parshah
Oh, My Gad

Gad's battle victims were readily identifiable. With one fell swoop of the sword they would cut off the head together with the arm. The ability to strike such a blow is an indication of tremendous lion-like strength.
12 Tribes of Israel: The Shevatim

Jacob had twelve sons. The offspring of each these men became the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel.
Story
The Chassid and the Fool at the Leipzig Fair

A young chassid offered to make the trip. His sleek new coach and superb horses could do the job, he insisted.
Lifestyle
Art: Escorting Out the Shabbat

A constant fire shall burn upon the altar; it shall never go out.
— Leviticus 6:6
Print Magazine

A passive life is an anxious life.

A healthy life is a life that makes a difference, making an impact on all around, uplifting them and bringing in more light.