Family First Feature
Once, there were no custom sheitels, kosher cookbooks, and seminaries. These pioneers changed that

By Elisheva Appel

A Promise Kept
Sometime during that awful era, I began fiddling around on the piano

By Shoshana Itzkowitz

A Promise Kept
Ayala, I try reasoning with myself. You have two options. You can either get to work making phone calls or you can cry

By Ayala Feigenbaum

A Promise Kept
I can feel the strain through the thread. I am over effusive; she is cordial. Don’t touch me

By Shana Reicher

A Promise Kept
Baba’s loving sentiments that the all-but-forgotten promise conveyed were dear to my heart

By Avigail Rabinowitz

A Promise Kept
“What do you think?” Reb Laizor thundered. “Without mussar I would be like that too!”

By Miriam Milstein

A Promise Kept
We’d created a haven for them to unburden their hearts, and sent them away with the sweetness of home cooking

By Millie Samson

A Promise Kept
Not all promises are lost. One remains. It’s the one I made long ago

By Yocheved Katz

A Promise Kept
My companions  — along with the bag I was counting on to keep us alive — vanished in the chaos

By Yael Schuster

A Gift Passed Along
“Thank You, Hashem, thank You, Hashem, thank You, Hashem for making beautiful bugs”

By Rachel Bachrach

A Gift Passed Along
I had changed my name, changed my place, and rediscovered my true self

By Esther Tscholkowsky

Story Supplement
His brother was a singer. So what?

By Chani Muller

I knew that one day I would just have to explode. Which I did, on the shabbaton

By Devorah Grant

10 Questions
Shimon Fleischman is the co-owner of Mr. Can Cleaning in Monsey, New York

By Rachel Bachrach