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Of Song and Service: Debby Jacobs's Contribution to the Klal

Barbara Bensoussan

Debby Jacobs began working at Agudath Israel of America in 1980, and she currently works as the personal assistant to Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin, the executive vice president. But she first came there as a single girl to work as Rabbi Moshe Sherer's secretary, spending almost twenty years as his personal assistant. Those extraordinary years allowed her precious glimpses of greatness, and molded her as a professional and a human being. But the influences on Debby's life began far earlier.

 

Music or Madness? The Danger of Loud Music at Our Simchahs

Machla Abramovitz

Could you imagine a wedding without music? The lively tunes set our feet flying and our hearts soaring. But that very music may be slowly, insidiously eroding our hearing. Family First presents an in-depth exploration of the issues surrounding loud music and how we can overcome them.

 

A Wall-to-Wall Wake-Up Call

Shalvi Weissman

She'd done many mitzvos in her life. But had she ever done one that purely and entirely for the sake of Heaven? One day, she got her chance.

 
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