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Pen Pal

Ruchama Schnaidman

You’ve got mail! If you’re like me, you love getting letters. I’m constantly checking the mailbox to see what surprises it has in store for me that day. Apparently, many people feel the same way, because all over the world there are people who are “pen palling” — that is corresponding with a friend by mail. Some pen pals are people who never met each other or who live far away from one another. What’s it like to be friends by mail?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Welcome to the world of pen pals Meet Nechama S. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and her pen pals Sari and Ruchy J. from Lakewood, New Jersey.   How did you become pen pals? Sari and Ruchy: Nechama is our aunt’s sister-in-law. When our aunt got married, we met each other at the l’chayim, vort, and wedding. Nechama: We became friends and I wanted to keep in touch with them so I asked them if they wanted to be pen pals. They said yes, so I wrote to them first and then they wrote back. Does “pen palling” make you better friends? Sari: Yes, because we get to know each other more by writing letters. Nechama: Yes, because when I don’t see them for so long and I write, I know what’s happening in their lives.

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