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In Sync

Rochel Grunewald

“I’m— the drums aren’t toys,” he says, almost defensively. “They’re— I can’t have anyone touching them. I think I’ll have to keep the study door locked”


Lost in Translation

Esty Heller

If anyone else would tease me like that, and twice in the same day, I would blow up. But Gedalya is forgiven


Echo Valley

Leah Gebber

Zach types “courage” into Brainyquote. He angles his screen away from the sun, and begins: “Plato sees courage as perseverance — through suffering, pleasure, and fear”


Into the Desert

Rikki Ehrlich

I thought back to my husband’s reaction to his first day in the new yeshivah — he’d come home exhausted, and seemed slightly stressed


Family Time

Dov Haller

Chol Hamoed, twice a year, a family trip. That’s all she expected, an assurance that her family was also whole. They could also have a good time


The Perfect Note

Gila Arnold

The beginning, once you get past that rock-jamming intro to when I’m already a black-and-white yeshivah bochur, is when I met Miriam


As the Water Flows

Faigy Shonfeld

“Tatty,” she speaks. She keeps her voice smooth, though the rock in her throat hurts. “Tatty, I can’t marry him. Please don’t ask me to”


At Sea

Michal Marcus

This isn’t supposed to happen. Chavy is the ultimate homebody; it was one of the things I’d liked most about her when we dated thirty years ago


Two Is Company

Esther Kurtz

“Shuey is not going to be happy. I don’t want to tell him. And I’m definitely not telling Avi — he doesn’t even know about the shidduch”


Growing Up

Chanie Spira

There’s a strange silence at the table. Not one of Suri’s kids is crying, and Avrum is quiet. Avrum is never quiet.


Building Blocks

Leah Gebber

Yudi turns around and makes eye contact with each of them in turn. “Want to be a good teacher? Celebrate each child. Don’t ever think you’re just teaching alef-beis. You’re imprinting each child with the knowledge that he’s as precious as each heilige letter”


As Needed

Michal Marcus

I started my Dud Dates Database (a.k.a. DDD) back at shidduch 22 — or maybe it was 23. Right after some shadchan redt me to Miriam Goldstein

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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