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Boundless Blessings

Mishpacha Writers

Feted as royalty, chassan and kallah spend seven days basking in the warmth of family and friends. Elegant or easygoing, quirky or kingly, dreamy or disastrous — every sheva brachos has its own flavor. Family First invites you to attend some unusual celebrations.

 

Name Dropping

Basya Laib

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but will Aviva Klein still be Aviva if she now goes by Miriam Stern? A behind-the-scenes look at people who changed both their names for their in-laws and how it impacts their lives.

 

Coming of Age

Riva Pomerantz

I knew my son was turning thirteen. What I didn’t know is that I, his mother, would be coming of age in the process. Looking back, I should have known that making a bar mitzvah was going to be an existential experience.

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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
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Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
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