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Trapped by Fear: The Dynamics and Treatment of Phobias

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

Spiders and snakes, planes and people, elevators and enclosed spaces. What’s the connection? These are just some of the things that cause such intense fear in some people that the fear becomes a phobia. But what exactly is a phobia — and can it be cured?

 

Short Story: Sink or Float

Chevi Melamed

“Kinderlach, watch very carefully as I pour the water into this bottle; something interesting is going to happen.”

 

“Seasons”: The Bostoner Rebbetzin Reflects on the First yahrtzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak HaLevi Horowitz

Rebbetzin Y.F. Horowitz, as told to Ashira Morgenstern

For over seven decades the Bostoner Rebbe touched the lives of thousands of Jews from every stream of society. One year after his petirah Family First brings you the personal memories of his rebbetzin.

 

Battleground or Quality Time?: When Shopping with Teens Becomes More than You Bargained For

Michal Eisikowitz

Teenage girls love to shop. Their mothers often do not. With increasingly vulgar clothing styles and ever-rising price tags, how can well-meaning mothers turn shopping trips into a positive, growth-filled experience for everyone involved? Family First spoke with a host of mechanchos, mothers, and teens themselves for some insights on the issues.



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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?