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Lessons that Linger

C.B. Gavant

The bags are packed. Tearful goodbyes. She’s off for a year of seminary. One year. A small segment in the larger scheme of time. Yet, for many, this one year becomes the forge and the catalyst that molds the basis for much of their future life. What lessons remain? Which thoughts made the strongest impressions?

 

Seminary Spending Strategies or Surviving On 200 Shekel A Month

Malki Lowinger

So your daughter wants to go to seminary in Eretz Yisrael? For many parents, the cost of financing such a year seems prohibitive at first glance. Family First presents a prospective on budgeting for a year in seminary, and practical ideas to make it feasible.

 

Behind the Teacher’s Desk

Michal Eisikowitz

What’s it like to have a seminary experience that goes on not for a year, but for decades? To be not the one thirstily drinking in wisdom and inspiration, but the one trying to impart it? To have a mere nine months to attempt to make an indelible impression on the souls of dozens of girls? Family First spoke with numerous seminary mechanchim and mechanchos to discover what the seminary experience is like for them.

 

The Other Side of the Table: Do’s, Don’ts, and Never-Evers from Shabbos Hosts

Gitty Weber

From the Tuesday question of where to go, to the panicked Thursday-night calls asking if there’s room for one more, Shabbos plays a major role in a seminary girl’s experience. Motzaei Shabbos, the girls return and relate their weekend’s experiences, misadventures, and the “amazing” people they met. Rarely do they stop and think about those on the other side of the table — the hosts. They too have their pet peeves, preferences, and interesting stories.

 

Experience Needed; Please Call…

Gila Arnold

Hi Simi, it’s me. Racheli. What’s up? How was your navi test?…Simi, you did NOT fail. I’m on a bus right now, on my way to chesed. Oh, it’s all right, I guess, but nothing exciting? They don’t even speak a word of English, but they have a million dishes for me to wash. Yeah, they’re cute, but I kind of wish I had a exciting chesed. Did you hear what Soroh Leah she does? She dresses up as a clown and goes around the hospital to cheer up the children. Now THAT’s a real experience.



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