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A Simcha A Day

Michal Eisikowitz

It’s the problem that everyone prays for: too many simchahs. Yet, having scores of simchahs, say the experts, brings with it its own complexities — to be navigated with wisdom. Family First spoke with some seasoned simchah-goers to glean advice and inspiration on how best to capitalize on this divine outpouring of joy.

 

The Smart Girl’s Guide To Shidduchim

Lisa Twerski, LCSW

You’re finally set up with a boy you like. But there are a few red flags. No one’s perfect, you think, but still — how can you tell what’s a real problem and what’s not? A seasoned therapist offers a refreshingly smart way to interpret and investigate those dating concerns

 

Psssst ...What Are They Doing Now?

Barbara Bensoussan

The badeken, the chuppah, the spirited separate dancing — all the beloved and familiar aspects of a frum wedding, can look bizarre to an outsider. How can we make all our guests — non-frum or non-Jewish relatives, neighbors, and colleagues included — comfortable at our weddings?

 

Short Story: Leave it to Me

Gila Arnold

“First of all, mazel tov! “How do I know you get a mazel tov? Why else would you be calling me? One of the perks of my business is that you get to hear about simchahs all day long. Not like my sister-in-law Suri, nebach, who’s a social worker, and spends her day listening to everyone else’s tzuris. “But that’s not why you called, is it? You’re at the height of happiness! The apex of anticipation! The summit of simchah! That’s why you’re calling a party planner. Well, ma’am, you called the right person!



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