Family First Editor's Letter
Shabbos makes us stop. Think. Notice. Experience. Reflect

By Bassi Gruen

Magazine Feature
Do you rue the fact that your house only looks good for two minutes after candle lighting? Meet Marla Cilley, aka Fl ...

By Riki Goldstein

Sister Shmooze
Call it the miracle of the cholent pot. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, carnivorous, or celiac, whether you’re Sephardic, y ...

By Emmy Leah Stark Zitter and Marcia Stark Meth and Miriam Stark Zakon

“You sound like you’ve had an interesting life,” the instructor said, giving me a look that was a cross between astonis ...

By Shira Hart

Real Life
She’d passed on shiurim, begged off friends’ invitations, wrapping herself in the new threads of marriage, tight to choking. ...

By Nechama Elbaz

The system of tying “sitting next to Mommy or Tatty” to “serving and clearing up for Mommy and Tatty” taught my ...

By Tzivia E. Adler

House of Mirrors
Laylee’s father demands a plan about the shul, which Gavi ad-libs. He pledges half the sum to Gavi and Laylee if the ...

By Rachael Lavon

Free Fall
At the hotel for Shabbos, Annie tells her father about the telegram announcing Bella’s death and the need to find a ...

By Miriam Stark Zakon

Connect Two

By D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer

Learning Curve
Yael spends Shabbos at her parents’ home and makes demeaning comments about her sister-in-law. Ephraim gets angry at her, ...

By Gila Arnold

Family Reflections
Your marital happiness depends on… you,

By Sarah Chana Radcliffe

It’s been five years since the passing of Rosh Yeshivah Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel ztz”l, yet striving for growth and deter ...

By Yisroel Besser

Jewish Geography
Supreme Court sets late-November date for solution

By Binyamin Rose

I realized, much to my dismay, that I had not enjoyed one moment with Yedidya. Was this the same person I had gon ...

By C. Saphir