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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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Rabbi Moshe Grylak Each mitzvah counts because they all have one Source
PC Where It Hurts
Yonoson Rosenblum The IDF is sacrificing its own strength for secularism
In Its Clutches
Eytan Kobre Technology is biologically addictive. Now what?
Broken Matzos, Whole People
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg The ability to adjust our expectations is freedom
Washington Will Have to Go
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Statuettes aren’t a Jewish way of honoring others
Time for a Rematch
Jacob L. Freedman “Then you agree that I’m probably Mashiach?”
Ivri Anochi
Riki Goldstein A simple message goes a very long way…
From the Mouth of Babes
Faigy Peritzman I use Lamaze a lot more as my kids get older
Something’s Wrong
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Low moods or extreme stress don’t equal depression
Woman of Greatness
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles What were the Ishah HaShunamis’s rare strengths?
Let Freedom Ring
Chana Mayers Not just cutting corners but cutting myself slack
Dear Daughter
Words Unspoken How I pine to have you rejoin our family