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Great Expectations: Readers Respond

Guest Contributors

In Issue 612, Family First ran a feature addressing the question of whether a therapist's personal "baggage" impacts their effectiveness as a practitioner. Readers respond and discuss.


Just Open the Door: Rebbetzin Rivka Wolbe

Riki Goldstein

The wife of the famed mussar personality Rav Shlomo Wolbe ztz”l, Rebbetzin Rivka, who passed away two weeks ago, fused her elevated inner being with a deceptive down-to-earth simplicity


Comic Relief

Uri Man

Are comic books a teacher’s best friend or worst enemy? Authors and experts share their opinions about the literary genre that many kids love best


Therapy Toolbox

Abby Delouya

Everything is really good,” she took a breath, bracing herself. “But I can’t stay alone.” She slumped back on the couch


Tempo Fiction: Just Fine

Leora Klinberg

“I’m worried about his ability to be empathetic,” Raizy says slowly, still reading through the résumé. “To be caring, to anticipate someone else’s needs”


Musings: Driving Sarah

Miriam Klein Adelman

It’s not like we’re talking about things that are unimportant, we’re just not talking about the things that so many people are scared to talk about


Center Stage: Chapter 30

Gila Arnold

“I should’ve worn a sheitel,” Gabriella muttered to Melanie, after receiving yet another appraising stare, this time from the purple-haired young woman


The Gatekeeper's Daughter: Chapter 11

Esther Teichtal

Leah wonders where all the people are hiding in modern-day Lithuania. It is a far cry from the jam-packed highways leading in and out of Yerushalayim


Lifetakes: Dear Future Me

Esther Kurtz

Was I married, I asked. Did I have kids? This was not a given in my 11th grade mind. And amazingly, baruch Hashem, I can smirk at that now


Care to Join: Chapter 7

Leah Greene

I had to park the car. Seriously?! A woman of 52 who never in her life opened up a newspaper on Shabbos?


Tempo Fiction: Pruning

Rochel Grunewald

This is what he has come for, she knows. He’s going to ask her to do something, to support something that she cannot and will not support


Musings: The Existential Question

Miriam Klein Adelman

I was enormously vexed when I told someone I recognized her from the past and she looked at me quizzically and said, “I know you?

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Not a Newspaper
Shoshana Friedman A deeper difference between newspapers and magazines
Services in Shards
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Such a painful, malicious lie!”
The Pittsburgh Protests: All Politics All the Time
Yonoson Rosenblum The old rule — “no enemies on the left” — still applies
Danger: School Crossing
Eytan Kobre The hypocrisy of YAFFED’s assertion is breathtaking
Real Laughter and Real Tears
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger The two sides of a life lived with emunah
Work/Life Solutions with Eli Langer
Moe Mernick I was proud to be “that guy with the yarmulke”
Is Ktchong! a Mitzvah? When Prayer and Charity Collide
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman These cannot both be done effectively at the same time
An Honest Shidduch
Jacob L. Freedman “Baruch Hashem I’m cured, and this will be my secret”
A Blessing in Disguise
Riki Goldstein “I never thought the song would catch on as it has”
Ishay and Motti Strike a Common Chord
Riki Goldstein Bringing together two worlds of Jewish music
What’s your favorite Motzaei Shabbos niggun?
Riki Goldstein From the holy and separate back to the mundane
Rightfully Mine
Faigy Peritzman Don’t regret the job you didn’t land; it was never yours
Growing Greener Grass
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurture your blessings and watch them blossom
My Way or the High Way
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt We know what we want — but do we know what He wants?