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Call of the Siddur

S.T. Agam

We were under a curse. Or so it seemed — and we weren’t the only ones who thought so. People contacted us with an endless stream of suggestions: Check your mezuzahs (we did — twice). Light candles l’illui nishmas Rabi Meir Baal Haneis. Visit the ayin hara lady. Ask your builders whether they haven’t blocked a window (the legacy of Rabi Yehuda Hachassid); and the icing on our burnt-out cake: move to a new home!

 

Shalashidus with the Rebbetzin

Margie Pensak

In the litvish enclave of Baltimore, Rebbetzin Malka Fayga Taub, wife of the Brider Rav, holds steadfast to her mesorah, radiating chassidish varmkeit to every Jew. Family First is privileged to join her for a Shabbos meal, and to hear her fascinating account of the legacies she continues.

 

Bring back the Blessing

C. Rosenberg

On Rosh Hashanah, three great women — Sarah, Rachel, and Chana — were remembered by Hashem and granted a child. The day remains a time of hope for those dreaming of another baby. Some of these women don’t return from shul to a silent home; they’ve been blessed with a child, or two, or more. But the blessing has slipped from their grasp, and they grapple with the challenges of secondary infertility. A glimpse at the experience.

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