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A Safe Place for Pain

Rachel Ginsberg

Most of us view difficulty as something to endure and move past. Miriam Millhauser Castle, founder of the Inner Torah process, teaches that pain, disappointment, and unfulfilled dreams are all ways that Hashem communicates with us.

 

Hanging by a Word

Faigy Peritzman

Open the gates, at the time when the gates are closing… And as the sun slowly began to set, each member of the shul searched their soul as a last attempt to attain the gift of life. A short fiction story in Family First's special "Before the Gates Close" theme section.

 

The Neilah Jew

Gila Arnold

It was always his reply when they wanted him to do something Jewish — pray in shul, make a kosher wedding. “No, rabbi, I won’t. You see, I’m a Neilah Jew.” He refused to elaborate and he refused to budge. A short fiction story in Family First's special "Before the Gates Close" theme section.

 

The Closing Dance

Michal Eisikowitz

She wore a black leather jacket and tight jeans; her hair was cut fashionably short. With knees crossed, arms folded over her chest, and a tough, hardened expression on her olive-skinned face, I couldn’t figure out what she was doing here. She glared at me. I glared right back. It was love at first sight... A short fiction story in Family First's special "Before the Gates Close" theme section.

 

ForGIVEness: It's Not a Given

Tzipi Caton

The first time I saw her, I was captivated. She embodied everything that had drawn me to camp. Her popularity, her ease with others, the very life she exuded — this was why I had flown hours away from home for a month of camp. To be with girls like her. This piece, which is part of Family First's special "Before the Gates Close" theme section, is based on a true story.

 

Just Twelve Hours

Leah Gebber

“I’m giving you twelve hours,” I overhear the consultant tell the registrar, “to investigate the mother’s condition. I’m scheduling the anesthetist for twelve hours’ time to perform a cesarean.” A short non-fiction story in Family First's special "Before the Gates Close" theme section.

 

Locked Out

Shoshana Schwartz

Motty hesitated. Smoking, on his porch, on Shabbos? It wasn’t officially against house rules — the only ironclad rule was curfew — but it was painful to see. He went outside. A short fiction story in Family First's special "Before the Gates Close" theme section.



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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
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Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
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Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without