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Carin M. Smilk

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Carin M. Smilk is a writer and editor who lives outside Philadelphia.
How did I make my family feel good, feel special, feel singularly loved by me, I thought?
How a rabbi’s unexpected visit reignited Jewish practice in a family’s life
Sometimes, a small spark can light a fire. It needs the right conditions, of course—time, place and just the right kindling to start things going. That’s what happened to the Hanley family in the Boston suburb of Hingham, Mass., near the end of 2020 when ...
We are not lost, just having a little trouble finding our way right now.
Dini Freundlich models the dedication and responsibility of a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary
Dini Freundlich arrived in the United States two weeks ahead of her keynote address at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchos), not because she needed to prepare, but because she had to be sure she was healthy—...
The complex world of honey bees has correlations to Judaism, and not just at High Holiday time
Human instinct may be to swat, run away or do a frantic little dance to avoid contact with bees, but like most small living creatures, they have more to fear from us than we them. In fact, they have much to lose; it’s true that when a worker bee—the ones ...
Dear Readers, My 10-year-old son threw something out there the other day that I wasn’t prepared for. It turns out that he thinks, or maybe just happened to say, that “science wasn’t useful.” What? What! I prodded the statement. What about science isn’t us...
The radio stations had gotten fuzzy in a stretch of the road dotted with farmland and so to make conversation, I asked: “OK, everyone. What’s your favorite Jewish holiday and why?”
Chabad couple brings programs and learning to Jewish staff and future doctors
Max Weinberg leaves his house before dawn and returns home after dusk, or sometimes not until the next day, says his wife, Jessica Weinberg. That’s the life of an orthopedic resident. “It’s a tough schedule with very little free time,” says Jessica Weinbe...
Rabbi Menachem Kutner talks about the work of Chabad Terror Victims Project
Terrorism has always been a fact of life in Israel. Even during periods of calm, the ongoing work of helping those lives who have been impacted by attacks in the past is never-ending. And when tensions spike—when Israel is on the brink of conflict as it i...
Travel to Israel provides first-time experiences for participants
Monica Smolyar is like any other 21-year-old. She wants to get out and see the world. One of the places she always dreamed of visiting was Israel. She has a lot of family there, and so her parents have been to the Jewish state many times to see them. Her ...
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