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Handymen Horrors and Hints

Michal Eisikowitz

Police. Hatzaloh. Fire. Handyman. These are the numbers posted prominently on your fridge. You hope to never call any of them. But it’s nearly impossible to avoid the handyman forever. To this end, Family First presents a collection of the most common and comical domicile disasters — both pre-Pesach and all year round — along with an array of solutions and prevention tips from the experts.

 

A Song for Avromi

Margie Pensak

Chaya Bruria Sachs was starting a successful career as the founder of the renowned Shira Girls’ Choir when her son Avromi was born with a rare form of cancer. Doctors said that her newborn had six months to live. She shared with Family First how she survived the ups and downs of his short life, plus the steps she took to build a happy family again.

 

A Time to Be Silent, a Time to Speak

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

The scenario is all too familiar. One of our children has a fight or fall out with his friends. What’s your first reaction? To storm out there to protect your precious offspring? But perhaps, intervening is interfering? Are our kids better off when left to sort their spats out themselves?

 

Short Story: The Critical Countdown

Gila Arnold

Tirtza Blochman usually needed an alarm to wake her, but this morning, she awoke with an odd quiver of anticipation in her stomach. “Something feels different today,” she said to herself, and bounced out of bed, with strange eagerness.



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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”