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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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