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Sowing in Tears, Reaping with Joy

Michal Eisikowitz

Some seeds sprout quickly, others may take decades to flourish. In honor of Tu B’Shvat, Family First presents a collection of stories to uplift and inspire, and mostly, to give faith that we may yet see the fruits of our labors.

 

The Perfect Mother

Sarah Chana Radcliffe

When women stop trying to be perfect mothers, homemakers, community members, and human beings, what will happen to the world? Will it actually all fall apart? Not quite.

 

A Blossoming Business

Barbara Bensoussan

Some people get to enjoy a bouquet before Yom Tov or on birthdays, others receive one every Shabbos. But florist Simi Gold is surrounded by flowers every day of her life.

 

The Great Woman Behind the Great Man: A tribute to Rebbetzin Sarah Pam, a”h

Zehava Kaner

It’s often said that behind every great man is great woman. “My grandmother exemplified that saying,” says Rabbi Mordechai Pam of Rebbetzin Sarah Pam, a”h. “She was with my grandfather in all his endeavors, supporting him in everything he did. When they got married they made an agreement, he would deal with the ruchniyus, and she would take care of the gashmiyus. Sometimes they would joke about a particular topic, whether it was his domain or hers. But that agreement really did stand.”

 

Straight Talk

Dovid Sussman

It had been an exceptionally tranquil morning. The children were headed off to school after a minimum of conflicts, and the kitchen actually had some semblance of order. Leora breathed a sigh of relief as she began to clear the table. Then a bellow from upstairs made her stomach twist into a knot. “I can’t find my attaché case!”



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The Yeshivah That Never Gives Up
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Nurturing every spark until it’s a full-fledged flame
He Loved to Do Good
Yonoson Rosenblum What it means to take responsibility for a fellow Jew
Out of Character
Eytan Kobre This gaping gap in my would-be wordsmithery niggles
Got Grit?
Alexandra Fleksher How can we help our kids get grittier?
10 Questions for Yoni Fishkin
Rachel Bachrach 15,000 minyanim, more than 6,500 locations, 70 countries
Lucky Day
Jacob L. Freedman Zaki got an addictive thrill from risking it all
Ghost of a Chance
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman He knew and she knew. And that was all that mattered
Giving All I Have
Riki Goldstein The song of unswerving faith
Rabbi Shloime Taussig: I’m never in the studio without…
Riki Goldstein “I make sure to do this before every job”
Last-Minute Decisions
Riki Goldstein How do entertainers know they made the right choice?
Preparation Makes Perfect
Faigy Peritzman The more we prepare, the more we can receive kedushah
Not Wanted
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Lectures usually don’t inspire — they backfire
Constant Creation
Rabbi Menachem Nissel The keys to life are safely in Hashem’s Hands
The Gardener: Part IV
D. Himy with Zivia Reischer “When there’s a pause in conversation, you can join in”