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As told to Leah Gebber

Do you know what it feels like not to be trusted? Do you know what it feels like to know that your parents’ and teachers’ suspicions are justified? Do you know what it means to be a cheat?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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So now I’m imagining two different reactions. There are those of you who are thinking, “Oh, sure, but doesn’t everyone cheat, sometimes? I mean, there must be a billion tests and quizzes and exams through school, and you can’t learn for every single one of them.” And there are those of you who are thinking, “Chas v’shalom! I would never. I’m honest. Straight.”

Well, good for you, is all I can say. I wish I had been that way.

One mitzvah leads to another, we learn. Well, aveiros have the same domino effect. The first time I cheated, I didn’t intend to. Honest. It was an open-book test in history, and on a small piece of paper, I’d summarized all the facts and figures we’d learned in the unit. At the last minute, our teacher decided to collect everyone’s notebooks. As I handed mine up to the front, the paper fell out and fluttered down to the floor. I didn’t pick it up. I worked through the test, and when I got to a difficult question, where the answer was just out of reach, I thought that if I concentrated hard enough I would get it, surely I would get it....


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