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My Backyard

Mishpacha Contributors

Playground. Oasis. Hideaway. Magical Kingdom. Twenty-two women tell of sun and swings, treehouses and tranquility

 

Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

Even simple choices aren’t always so simple to make. What’s behind our decisions — and how we can make better ones

 

Tempo: The Color of Giving

Rochel Grunewald

If she could paint, Nina would run color onto every surface she could reach. The bed linen. The IV pole. The wall

 

Map the Starlight: Chapter 5

Leah Gebber

The place was a blaze of candles and lanterns. “Mallorca must be doing well, to afford such light,” Papa had murmured. Aster had felt ashamed

 

Learning Curve: Chapter 53

Gila Arnold

Dini Goldfeder shows up at Suri’s house late at night, in the middle of a severe manic episode

 

Grab the Reins: Chapter 12

Shoshana Schwartz

I was very worried about her. She had so much fear inside her, so much pain, and so few tools to navigate those feelings

 

Lifetakes: The Immigrant

Elana Rothberg

It is hard to imagine our elderly Bobby any way other than the way we see her: an old, opinionated, somewhat stern, yet always loving nanny



 
Hidden Power
Yonoson Rosenblum One never knows the power of his or her mitzvos
Can You Tell a Phony?
Eytan Kobre “You’re not using the phone; the phone is using you”
Grief and Gratitude
Yisroel Besser The deepest, most sophisticated truth in the world
Nobody's Perfect
Alexandra Fleksher With the gift of maturity, we learn to accept
Colossal Humility
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The last words I ever heard from my rebbi
Ready and Waiting
Baruch S. Fertel, MD, MPA, FACEP Why does everything take so long in the ER?
Bless You!
Faigy Peritzman Blessings don't create anything new in the natural world
Ready, Set, Succeed!
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Ensure success with explicit, doable instructions
The Radiance of Surrender
Mrs Shani Mendlowitz Honest admission reveals your inner radiance