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Bella Schapiro

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Bella Schapiro's articles reflect her deep understanding of Chassidic thought as well as an informed and sensitive grasp of modern-day life.
When Yossele the Ganif timorously opened the door, there was a collective astonishment. What had brought the notorious town thief to the Rabbi's house on the night after Yom Kippur?
Somehow it's comforting to think of the little guy zooming around our solar system at 8,000 miles an hour in directions opposite of his intended destination, being zapped by radio signals he was never designed to respond to -- and actually getting things ...
It seems to me that in such times we glimpse what it means to do more than simply live, and to truly never die
G-d's appearance at Mount Sinai was not subtle. Mountains shook, thunder crashed. the divine voice reverberated through the galaxies. But He's kind of disappeared since
Real adults have the world on their shoulders -- and all those placebos to escape that world. And then there's me, with an awareness of what is and no way to get out of it. It seems somehow unfair
The thought first occurred to me in the throes of pre-Passover cleaning: What an incredibly easy religion. I don't say it aloud; to do so would elicit hostile stares from all the exhausted people in the room
"But why did they have to kill each other?" I asked in 3rd grade history class. "Why did they have to go to war? If everyone knew what would happen, why couldn't they all just stay alive?"
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