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Mishpacha Contributors

Playground. Oasis. Hideaway. Magical Kingdom. Twenty-two women tell of sun and swings, treehouses and tranquility

 

Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

Even simple choices aren’t always so simple to make. What’s behind our decisions — and how we can make better ones

 

Tempo: The Color of Giving

Rochel Grunewald

If she could paint, Nina would run color onto every surface she could reach. The bed linen. The IV pole. The wall

 

Map the Starlight: Chapter 5

Leah Gebber

The place was a blaze of candles and lanterns. “Mallorca must be doing well, to afford such light,” Papa had murmured. Aster had felt ashamed

 

Learning Curve: Chapter 53

Gila Arnold

Dini Goldfeder shows up at Suri’s house late at night, in the middle of a severe manic episode

 

Grab the Reins: Chapter 12

Shoshana Schwartz

I was very worried about her. She had so much fear inside her, so much pain, and so few tools to navigate those feelings

 

Lifetakes: The Immigrant

Elana Rothberg

It is hard to imagine our elderly Bobby any way other than the way we see her: an old, opinionated, somewhat stern, yet always loving nanny

 

Millennial Millionaire

C. Rosenberg

This generation is not afraid to try something new and daring: Four millennials speak about the businesses they’ve created and the crucial lessons learned in the process

 

The Immunotherapy Revolution

Miriam A. Knoll, MD

Immunotherapy is changing the face of oncology, giving patients a new way to fight cancer and to live longer. How it works and what you need to know

 

Tempo: All in Good Time

As told to Faigy Schonfeld

It was vintage and elegant and majestic — and I knew that this was the dress that had been waiting for me

 

Map the Starlight: Chapter 4

Leah Gebber

“If you seek my advice, don’t ever marry against the wishes of your family — or his. Nothing good will come of it”

 

Learning Curve: Chapter 52

Gila Arnold

Her mother questions Aviva’s decision to make a large, public party. At the bris, Aviva is suddenly hit with the reality of her son’s disorder, and breaks down

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