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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.

Never Despair
Rabbi Moshe Grylak HaKadosh Baruch Hu always opens a way back
Yonoson Rosenblum My first Sephardic minyan on Shabbos
No Questions Asked
Eytan Kobre I still don’t have a satisfying answer to this question
“Lachem” Times Ten
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Perhaps we can add one more interpretation
Keeping Your Head and Bases Covered
Jacob L. Freedman “Take it off?! Wearing my kippah literally saved my life...
Money Speaks
Faigy Peritzman Approach eternal life with happiness and meticulousness
Preparing for Change
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Help your kids navigate change consciously and carefully
A Listening Ear
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Hear a message, not a sound