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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



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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