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Born into immense wealth, Flora Sassoon could have easily strayed from the path of Torah. Instead, she became a legend in her time — raising strong frum Jews in the heart of India, managing her family’s company after she was widowed at age thirty-five, and opening her doors and pocketbook to all who sought her help.
The secular media loves to portray mothers-in-law as harping, critical dragon ladies who are never satisfied with their underachieving sons-in-law (and who nevertheless always manage to overstay their welcome). However, with a little effort, sensitivity, and communication, there’s no reason a son-in-law and mother-in-law can’t enjoy a pleasant, if not positive, relationship.
It all started gradually, insidiously. The first indication of change came when my husband Moshe became forgetful. It was most obvious on Shabbos mornings, when he would invariably repeat the same dvar Torah which he had presented the previous evening. The first few times, I inwardly laughed at his lapse of memory. Eventually, however, I became concerned, and suggested that he see a doctor.
When it comes to home decor, most of us feel prefer to play it safe by using neutral colors. That’s a shame, since a vibrant blue or yellow or rose can add joyous energy to any room. Decorating with color is easier than you might think, since the “instruction manual” can be mastered just by taking a look at the vibrant colors found in Hashem’s world. I admire women who can find time before Pesach to do home decorating improvements, such as paint or reupholster the couch. During that hectic month, pick
I gripped the phone in my hands, my knuckles turning white from the effort of restraining my temper. The angry tirade came hissing down the wires: “It’s just not right! It’s not right that I have to wait half an hour till the next girl comes. What are they, presidents of United States? What are they so busy with that they can’t stay with me another half hour until the next visitor?! Excuses, excuses! That’s all I hear!”