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Lighting the Way: Candlelighting Experiences Across the Globe and Over the Centuries

Margie Pensak

It is one of the three mitzvos given specifically to women. It is the way we usher in the day that transforms our week. It is an opportunity for tefillah, for beseeching our Father to bless His children. Throughout the generations, Jewish women have clung to the mitzvah of bentsching licht in the most challenging of times — even risking their lives to perform the mitzvah. Family First brings you a collection of touching stories about women and the flames they ignited.

 

Knaidlach and Kindness: Food Delivery Dos and Don’ts

Azriela Jaffe

As a community steeped in chessed, who among us hasn’t cooked a Shabbos dish for a family dealing with a medical emergency or a mother after birth? Who hasn’t been on the receiving end of such kindness? But as with all things in life, you can do this chessed well, and you can do it even better. Family First brings you a plethora of helpful guidelines so you can optimize your Shabbos food giving.

 

One Shabbos, Lifelong Inspiration: Post-Seminary Girls Reflect on Their Most Memorable Shabbos Experiences

Michal Eisikowitz

At the end of a packed year in seminary, it’s the memories of warm family meals imbued with the holiness of Shabbos and hosts who’d “cornered the market” on hachnasas orchim that are often the most vivid. Girls share their fondest recollections of seminary Shabbos experiences.

 

Good Shabbos: How to Achieve It

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

Shabbos is called the day of rest, but for many mothers, the holiness and rest is elusive. The children are all home, schedules are upturned, and there are three meals to set, serve, and clear. How can experience the simchah and spirituality of Shabbos — together with our children? Family First offers some practical advice and tips, collected from Jewish mothers and grandmothers, but primarily from Rebbetzin Denah Weinberg, principal of EYAHT, who is renowned for her lectures on how to maximize Shabbos.

 

Shabbos in the Hospital

Rochel Gross

Many Yidden, especially in Eretz Yisrael, work in places that cannot close down on Shabbos, like hospitals. Sick or injured people need to be taken care of on Shabbos, too.



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A Response to "Too Far from Home"
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Chareidi Israel is not happy to absorb immigrants”
Life after Kollel
Yonoson Rosenblum Remaining a ben Torah requires remaining a bar daas
Angel's Advocate
Eytan Kobre Because this is how’s it’s supposed to be always
Make Your Words Count
Rabbi Shneur Aisenstark This story delivers two sobering lessons for all of us
I Know of What I Speak
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman I would allow my mask to fall, my soul to be revealed
Meet the Tzaddik
Jacob L. Freedman “Aren’t there meds that can get him back to yeshivah?”
Two centuries later, the Chasam Sofer’s niggunim are heard again
Riki Goldstein The musical side of the Chasam Sofer dynasty
How Do You Think of These Words?
Riki Goldstein “For me, the words are the neshamah of the song”
The Song I Can't Stop Singing: Shlomo Simcha
Riki Goldstein “Which song are you connecting to this season?”
Megama Had the Magic
Riki Goldstein Remembering Moshe Yess a”h and Shalom Levine a”h
Living Beyond the Moment
Faigy Peritzman Someone steeped in Torah always lives beyond the moment
Uncertainty
Sarah Chana Radcliffe We can only be sure that we can never be sure
Instinctive Knowledge
With Rav Moshe Wolfson, written by Baila Vorhand Jewish babies are born knowing Hashem
The Gardener: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “It’s a secret language called body language”