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Miriam Szokovski

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Miriam Szokovski is the author of the historical novel Exiled Down Under, and a member of the Chabad.org editorial team. She shares her love of cooking, baking and food photography on Chabad.org’s food blog, Cook It Kosher.
The Midrash tells the story of an elderly man who was observed planting fig trees at the age of 100. “Surely you don't expect to live to see the fruits of your labor?” questioned passersby. “Have not my ancestors worked for me? Why then should I not work ...
Dear Friend, When I think of Noah, I picture him building his ark, plank by plank, day after day, for decades. Despite the scoffing and jeering of passersby, certain that Noah was delusional and no mass destruction would befall them, he persevered. As dif...
Absolute darkness, icy winds, and temperatures of -75°F (-60°C)… this is what a courageous Canadian air crew had to contend with on a daring medical rescue mission to the South Pole last week. Antarctica is a lonely place in the winter. Only a handful of ...
Dear Friend, We’ve kindled the last Chanukah candle, fried the last latke, eaten the last doughnut, played the last round of dreidel and distributed the last Chanukah gelt. Soon our menorahs will be polished and put away for next year, and if we aren’t ca...
Dear Friend, It seems the world has been facing an unusual amount of turmoil. The Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, Venezuela and Greece are in the midst of ongoing crises, the US struggles with unrest, refugees from the Middle East are desperately clamo...
Dear Friend, Last night, I sat down to do some work, but then an interesting-looking article caught my eye. I thought I’d take two minutes to read it. But, as often happens on the Internet, one article led to another and then another and another. An hour ...
Dear Friend, Passover is still three months away, but the story of the Exodus is being read, discussed, and dramatized in classrooms and at Shabbat tables across the world, as we read the Torah portion of Bo which covers the last three plagues. (The story...
Dear Friend, By all accounts, Rachel lived a difficult life. As a young woman she forfeited her own marriage to Jacob in order to spare her sister, Leah, embarrassment. The years passed and she stoically watched her sister give birth to child after child ...
Dear Friend, It seems the world is facing an unusual amount of conflict and turmoil. Russia and Ukraine are at war; both Syria and South Sudan continue to face ongoing internal violence; the US struggles with gun violence; Iraq is being terrorized by ISIS...
Dear Friend, Are we too plugged in? More and more articles and studies are exploring the ill effects of overconnectedness in today’s technology-laden world. People feel uneasy and disoriented if their smartphone or computer is not in easy reach, and child...
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