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One Brick at a Time

Rachel Stein

A buzzing alarm clock roused Yossi from a delicious sleep, urging him to wake for davening. But one peek outside at a still-dark sky, plus a wintry chill seeping in through his window, made him burrow deeper under his warm comforter, where he silently wished for five more minutes of shut-eye. C’mon, Yossi, wake up, a small voice inside prodded him. Today’s your special day!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Why, he was an official 12-year-old right at this moment. Happy birthday to me! His heart sang, until another thought struck him like a thunderbolt. It was Asarah B’Teves today, which meant that everyone would be walking around with long, tired faces, and there would be no birthday dinner or anything to make him feel special.

“Uch!” he complained aloud to his empty room. “Why’d I have to be born on a fast day anyway? Couldn’t Ima have waited a few more hours?” A dark cloud settled over his usually happy face as he remembered Ima saying they would wait for Shabbos to celebrate, and she would make his favorites.

Well, at least I don’t have to fast, he told himself as he swung his legs over the edge of the bed and let them dangle for a minute. One more year before I join the club.


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