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The Changing Face of Epilepsy

Azriela Jaffe

Many people have outdated or mistaken views of seizure disorders — they imagine an incurable disease and patients convulsing on the floor. Family First looks at what life with epilepsy is really like, plus how medical advances are helping doctors successfully treat — and even cure — the disorder.

 

Where Fire and Ice Meet

Gitty Weber

The hail of the Ten Plagues wasn’t made up of your average hailstones. Contained within each one were both fire and ice coexisting harmoniously. This miracle teaches us that even opposites can live in peace — something seemingly impossible to believe if you’ve been roommates with a sibling, or the parent of kids sharing rooms. Is it a good idea to put siblings with dramatically different personalities into the same room? Family First interviewed sisters, parents, and experts in search of the answers.

 

Just Us: The Power of Informal Support Groups

Suri Brand

We are five — the four of us sitting in the courtyard of the bagel shop and the tardy Shevy. There is a chill in the air, but the sun is overhead — a perfect morning for hot chocolate and a buttered sesame bagel. I savor the hot sweetness as I sip my drink and feel myself relaxing.

 

Family Story

Chava Dumas

Pesach was quickly approaching, and I was experiencing “postpartum” blues. My “baby” was now six years old, and it was apparent that he was indeed the last child with whom Hashem would bless us. This meant the end of an era in my life. I was therefore feeling rather mournful as I went downtown, armed with a long list of errands. Though I tried to shake it, I continued to feel negative, rather than having immense gratitude for having been granted children at all!



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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
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
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
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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
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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