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Jr. Tales: Akiva’s Family Tree

Rachel Stein

Later that morning, while sitting in Mr. Zichron’s class, he stopped mid-doodle when he heard the following announcement: “Just a reminder that your family trees are due tomorrow.” Akiva felt the blood drain from his face, and he slapped his cheek in dismay. How could he have forgotten this project, assigned two weeks ago?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Munching the cookies, Akiva said, “Brain, it’s time to start thinking. We have work to do.” And then it came to him! There were two really old pictures in his parents’ bedroom. One was his grandparents’ wedding picture, and the other showed them surrounded by their five children. They looked so different in those days. Color pictures hadn’t been invented yet, so everything was black and white. And they wore such old-fashioned clothing! Great-Zeide’s head was topped with an unusual hat-type of yarmulke, and he wore suspenders and a strange-looking jacket.

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