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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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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you