Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

The Right Fit

Barbara Penn

What does it take to be an individualist? To be that someone who will rise to the occasion, inspire, influence, and lead? Well-known educators Mrs. Chani Juravel, Mrs. Aliza Feder, Rebbetzin Esther Reisman, Mrs. Chips Gold, and Mrs. Suri Saposh weigh in on this vital topic.

 

Procrastination Pointers

Malka Hillelsohn

I remember being confused for most of my school years. Elementary was one big blur of fill-in sheets and empty maps with funny shapes that I was supposed to identify as countries in the world, and math problems about people cutting up apples or driving their cars somewhere and trying to catch up to each other for some reason.

 

Decision Precision

Draisy Fried

Every day, we’re all faced with countless decisions, from what to wear to which seminary to apply to. Decision-making can be mind-boggling and cause us a great deal of stress, but when we remember that, “Mistakes are painful when they happen, but later a collection of mistakes is what we call experience” (Denis Waitley), it becomes a great deal easier.

 

Calamity Control

Bracha Rosman

I’m a huge pessimist. I remember as a toddler wondering why my baby bottle was half-empty. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an average teenager just like you and have fun with my friends. It’s just that I have this major problem. I see what other people see as small problems, as enormous problems. My friends are all familiar with my use of my favorite word. They think it’s “so cute.” Let me assure you though, there’s nothing cute about the word calamity. Especially when I overuse it so.

 

A Chance To Dance

Rachel Newton

I was thirteen. I was also, to be politically correct, vertically challenged. And to top it all off, (let’s call a spade a spade), I was fat. Not a very winning combination for the stage, whichever way one looked at it.

 

The Invisible Girl

As told to Perl Hertz

Coming out of eighth grade, I had high hopes for my high school years. In eighth grade I was one of those girls who never really made it. I wasn’t particularly talented or smart or popular. I just was. Esther Goldstein.* Not exactly part of the scenery, but definitely not the type of girl who stuck out in any way.

 

Visions of Greatness

Bracha Rosman

Recording Happiness was created to bring joy into young patients’ lives through music. We give children who are suffering with a serious or chronic illness the unique opportunity to record their very own song, free of charge. We give the patient the option of recording music in my studio, or right there, in their hospital bed. Our goal is to allow these children to have a moment of relief and excitement in their difficult lives. We’re located in Clifton, New Jersey.

 

The Bright Side

As told to Pearl Hertz

As soon as I woke up the next morning, the stark truth hit me once again: My family was breaking apart. Did my parents’ divorce mean the end of my world?

 

Chanukah Miracle in Yemen

Freidy Goldberger

Frightening images began to appear, causing tears to trickle down her burning cheeks. She dabbed at her tears with the brown taffeta sari wrapped around her thin body.

 

Dine In Style

Rochelle Sekula

You’ve seen them on bracelets …you’ve seen them on necklaces …but you may not have seen them yet on cutlery! Pearls and beads are fast becoming the latest rage. Be the first to have it as a talking point on your Chanukah party table!

 

Pampering to Perfection

Lauren Ungar

“Tova, you’re always running to her. Bubby can be alone for an hour. You need to get out more and do things for yourself.”

 

Music to My Soul

True story by Tsirel Pacht

When I try to sing with other people, a little technicality called the “key” gets in the way, and it just doesn’t sound right

1  |  2  |  3  
ad
 
What’s Wrong with This Picture?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Worrisome silence at Robinson’s Arch
Right to Die? What about the Right to Live?
Yonoson Rosenblum Inside the “quality of life” mentality
Done Deal
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman A rabbi sometimes has to say no
Exempt from What?
Jacob L. Freedman Different reason for a clear-cut case
Out-Rage
Faigy Peritzman How to avoid the anger trap
We’ve Got a Problem
Sarah Chana Radcliffe We may not know we’re negative
Center Stage
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Transforming the physical into spiritual
Dear Sister-in-Law
Words Unspoken Please find pleasure in other things