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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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The Yeshivah That Never Gives Up
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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”