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The Prize Giving

Gita Gordon

Did anyone really think that she, Esther, would enjoy giving prizes to a few beaming girls, while the others sat silently and forgotten in the audience?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

prizeBracha Levine listened with mounting despair to the words that came though the phone line. “So, you see, it will be impossible for the rebbetzin to attend the prize giving next week.”

“Oh, yes, of course, I do understand,” was the best that Bracha could come up with.

Here she was, acting head of a girls school inLondon, arranging the prize giving, when all the mothers will come to the school as the class awards are given out to a select few. It was supposed to be so perfect, that she would surely be appointed the next headmistress, and now the prestigious speaker she had so carefully arranged was unable to fulfill the task. Now what could she do?

She had to get someone impressive. Maybe someone who had once been a student at the school, who would do it out of a sense of loyalty, or perhaps curiosity, to see the old familiar surroundings once again.

Bracha thought about it all day. She had once learned in this very same school, and then left for a teacher’s course, returned for practice teaching and then as a full-fledged teacher of limudei kodesh. She looked through lists of past students.


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