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Fighting Apathy with Fire

Leah Gebber

Pamela Cohen spent decades fighting for the Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain. Their journey — to freedom and emunah — mirrored her personal quest


Hold That Thought?

Elisheva Appel

How can we raise children who won’t blindly follow the herd — but will follow gedolim? Who will ask crucial questions — but won’t challenge mesorah?


Stops Along the Way

Family First Contributors

These detours shaped our destinies


Her Strong Suit

Esther Kurtz

I know I’m not the only one who complains that getting my husband to buy a new suit is a miserable drag… Could a basement in Teaneck be my salvation?


Nobody Does It All

Riki Goldstein

We meet frum superwomen everywhere, who seem to effortlessly ace every role. Meet six women who are not doing it all — and who unabashedly embrace their limitations


Therapist Toolbox: Four Horsemen and Five Languages

Abby Delouya, B.A., B. Ed., MFT

He wanted to stay married — as long as she would change. Be less demanding, less controlling, less nagging, less, less, less


Family Diary: Care to Join

Leah Greene

Moving halfway across the world to teach people Torah seems like a once-upon-a-time fantasy. (Maybe when I’m in my eighties and retired I’ll revive it)


Tempo Fiction: A Spot for Me

Rikki Ehrlich

Everyone except Esti Cohen, that is, but everyone else will be okay, and I’ll be the only single girl left on the planet, circling, circling—


Windows: Today I Am a Mother

Ahava Ehrenpreis

I was not failing in my motherly obligation, I was just on a break. I davened and waited for that project that would be just right


Musings: Hope It Doesn’t Rain

Rochel Grunewald

Finally, we could hear the words clearly: Succah, succah, succah, succah, we say leisheiv b’succah and we hope it doesn’t rain!


Center Stage: Chapter 25

Gila Arnold

Gabriella had given a reluctant nod, and Rina had turned away, smirking. Gabriella might know film lingo, but Rina knew much more about dramatic effect


The Gatekeeper’s Daughter: Chapter 6

Esther Teichtal

“I reacted badly to the news. I’ve been dry for years, but yesterday I was so low, I took to the bottle again”

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Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
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And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
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Tali Messing
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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