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A Matter of Consequence

Elisheva Appel

While punishment was once de rigueur, today many parents question the efficacy of harsh consequences. What place do they have in a Torah home?


Not So Obvious

Toby Vogel

Is following your gut instinct really always the smartest move? Seven instances when it’s best to ignore the obvious and take the route less traveled



As told to Elisheva Appel by Rivki Silver

I was determined to take my musical skills to the next level


Tempo Story: Finding Thanks

Toba Stern

Hashem, how can You do this to me? I thought. I’m Your daughter, You’re my father! Is this the way to treat a daughter? I don’t deserve this!


Windows: A Little Girl and a Large Cup of Cocoa

Julie Ackerman

My husband is the cool parent and I am jealous


Musings: The Little Waitress

Naomi Lobl

I realized there was a drama being played out that had nothing to do with the music or the dancing or even the wedding


Care to Join: Chapter 7

Leah Greene

I checked the time. By now, my husband should have taken off. I dialed his number anyway. Of course, his phone was off


Center Stage: Chapter 31

Gila Arnold

“Why didn’t I ever realize what a nerd you are?” Gabriella lifted herself up into a sitting position and rolled her eyes affectionately at her sister


The Gatekeeper's Daughter: Chapter 13

Esther Teichtal

“Yay, Daina! You haven’t been here in, like, foreverrrr!” Daina smiles and edges her way past the intimidating woman at the door


Lifetakes: Trays of Love

Raizy Friedman

When she stayed with us, the sounds of her schmoozing with my mother was our early morning wakeup call, and the conversations continued way past bedtime


Great Expectations: Readers Respond

Guest Contributors

In Issue 612, Family First ran a feature addressing the question of whether a therapist's personal "baggage" impacts their effectiveness as a practitioner. Readers respond and discuss.


Therapy Toolbox

Abby Delouya

Everything is really good,” she took a breath, bracing herself. “But I can’t stay alone.” She slumped back on the couch

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