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- n. (Yiddish) The entire family network of relatives by blood or marriage (and sometimes close friends).
If she can learn to re-connect with the new tools -- texting, facebook, she may find that she gets to know more about her kids and the rest of her mishpocha than she ever did before.
A fleet of earnest but frequently ill-informed servers tend tables where the whole mishpocha gather to share platters heaped with smoked fish, French-fried chicken livers with honey-mustard (this Jew's answer to Buffalo chicken wings) and some of the best half-sour pickles I've eaten west of the Liberty Bell.
What Mr. Madoff brought to the table, I think, was a sense of mishpocha, of being part of an extended family, but one you carefully chose rather than being arbitrarily born into.
'Mishpocha' comes from the Hebrew word for 'family, clan.'