Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

My Little Sis

As told to Elky Pascal

I let out a deep sigh. This was the fourth time that my little sister Rikki was knocking on my bedroom door. Why was she bothering me so much tonight? Didn’t she realize that we had a murderous history midterm to study for? And she didn’t know that I had four friends over?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

locker“What is it, Rikki?” I asked swinging my bedroom door open, yet again.

Rikki was holding a math book. “Do any of you guys remember how to do the Pythagorean theorem?” She looked around hopefully.

Oh, come on! The Pythagorean theorem? We were up to more important things! (Okay, really we were in the middle of a heated discussion about the school concert, but I didn’t have to tell her that.)

“Rikki,” I said, trying my best to sound patient (I didn’t want my friends to think I was a mean sister). “We are in middle of studying and we really don’t-”

My friend, Leah, interrupted me. “Actually I can help you with that,” she said taking the math book. “It’s not even that hard. Here, let me show you....”

Rikki had a smug look on her face as she settled on the plush carpet in my bedroom. I cringed. Here we were, studying — okay, not studying, but having a great time — and she kept on barging in, bothering us, and completely ruining things!


To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha. To sign up for a weekly subscription click here.

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

No Misunderstandings
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Hashem revealed the secret of a balanced life
What Was the Court’s Rush?
Yonoson Rosenblum The Democratic Party’s descent into madness
Survey? Oy Vey
Eytan Kobre How could YAFFED promote such a farce?
Filling the Void
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Jewish leaders don’t need to be declared or coronated
Top 5 Ways We Remember Our Rebbeim (and we love them for it!)
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin An ode to these pivotal people in my life
Hanging On in Newark
Rabbi Nosson Scherman Rabbi Nosson Scherman remembers the shul of his youth
A Fine Kettle of Fish
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The “minor” chasadim are often the most meaningful
The Next Hill
Jacob L. Freedman The look on Malachi’s face nearly broke my heart
Tradition and Modern Meet in One Long Dance
Riki Goldstein Fusing tradition and modernity comes naturally to him
A Playlist for Shabbos
Riki Goldstein What does Moshy Kraus sing at the Shabbos table?
With Flying Colors
Riki Goldstein My 15 seconds of fame on the Carnegie Hall stage
Full Faith
Faigy Peritzman With emunah, everyone’s obligation is the same
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Silence isn’t always golden
The Only One
With Rav Moshe Wolfson, written by Baila Vorhand Within every Jew is the flame of instinctive emunah