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The Sound Of Silence

C.B. Gavant

Being quiet is the only way some little children know how to scream for help. A closer look at selective mutism — the causes, the hardships, and how parents can help their kids find their voice again.

 

Best Intentions

As told to Yiska Kahan

I did it all for the wrong reasons. I’m telling you this now; back then I didn’t admit it to anyone, not to the neighbor who got me involved, not to my husband, not even to myself. I did it because of the peer pressure. Because we were all standing in the hallway and Shoshana Weiss had caught me off guard. I did it because everyone else was so forthcoming and so loud in their excuses that I had to say something. Saying that I wasn’t interested, or that I hate cooking, just wouldn’t fly.

 

Stronger than DNA

Faigy Peritzman

Suddenly, I zeroed in on a cluster of photos of a sweet African American boy with a kippa perched proudly on his head, his warm smile gazing from various photos chronicling different stages of his life. “And who’s this?” I wondered out loud. “Oh, that’s Sruli. He’s our best friend’s son.” Best friend? Had I met this best friend? I mentally ran through the list of guests at my wedding, but couldn’t place anyone who could fit the description of Sruli’s parents.

 

The Lasting Impact of Last Names

Rachel Bachrach

When Shana Zelinger of Brooklyn, New York, married Shmayie Friedman, she looked forward to many things. One of them was a new last name. Just imagine, she thought gleefully. No longer would she be subject to being last in line. Their children wouldn’t be forced to sit in the back corner of the classroom. And think of the graduations, when Abramowitzes, Baums, and even Fines received their diplomas to the sound of thunderous clapping, while Zelingers were lucky to get even a smattering of applause.

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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
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