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Unwrapping Purim

As told to C.B. Lieber

It can be easy to forget Purim’s a day of tefillah, simchah, and gratitude to Hashem. Seven women share how they tapped into Purim’s power

 

Tales in Transit

Mishpacha Contributors

Where are we traveling? Why are we traveling? Five writers find stories in motion…

 

A New Identity

As told to Rochel Burstyn

As a kid, as soon as my parents settled down for their Shabbos afternoon nap, I’d disappear into the study and read and reread my adoption papers

 

Fake News

Bracha Stein & Rikki Ehrlich

“And now,” Shifra continued, “is a time that will test us all. Because we have a magazine we need to put to bed in 12 hours. And readers who count on us”

 

Musings: Where’s He Gone?

Shira Berger

“May you be blessed with triplets this year,” my husband says as he grabs his childless cousin’s hand, pumping it up and down. I cringe

 

Freefall: Chapter 45

Miriam Zakon

The invasion of Europe begins. Abe joins thousands of paratroopers who board planes, ready to jump into France. Rob berates Moe for not writing his father

 

House of Mirrors: Chapter 21

Rachael Lavon

He’d spent the past three days being kind, empathetic, understanding, supportive. He’d listened. Commiserated. Refilled the tissue box. But by day four… She has to move on

 

Learning Curve: Chapter 38

Gila Arnold

Suri had the impression she was failing her daughter. That Miri expected more, expected Suri to don a red cape and save the day

 

Lifetakes: Hands Out

Esther Teichtal

Zeide dipped his hands into the cut-glass bowl. Cupping his palms, he raised them high, heaped with silver, coins flowing, flowing, flowing. Tinkling, clinking, singing

 

A Stitch in Time

Libi Astaire

Marlene Sanders discovered quilting relatively late in life, but she’s quickly making up for lost time, creating magnificent quilts with layers of meaning



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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you