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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!”



 
Hidden Power
Yonoson Rosenblum One never knows the power of his or her mitzvos
Can You Tell a Phony?
Eytan Kobre “You’re not using the phone; the phone is using you”
Grief and Gratitude
Yisroel Besser The deepest, most sophisticated truth in the world
Nobody's Perfect
Alexandra Fleksher With the gift of maturity, we learn to accept
Colossal Humility
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The last words I ever heard from my rebbi
Ready and Waiting
Baruch S. Fertel, MD, MPA, FACEP Why does everything take so long in the ER?
Bless You!
Faigy Peritzman Blessings don't create anything new in the natural world
Ready, Set, Succeed!
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Ensure success with explicit, doable instructions
The Radiance of Surrender
Mrs Shani Mendlowitz Honest admission reveals your inner radiance