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Shloima’s heart fell as he heard this news. He and Nossi had been best friends forever and had always been together in the same class

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


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Summer was winding down for Shloima, and it had been wonderful so far. Relaxing with friends, canoeing, swimming, great food, and beautiful weather. He couldn’t ask for anything better than that. 

After camp on Monday, though, his mother handed him a letter. 

“What’s this, Mommy?” he asked. 

“It’s from the yeshivah. I imagine it’s telling you who your rebbi is and what supplies you’ll need. Why don’t you open it and find out?” 

As predicted, it was just that. He was very excited to find out that he had Rabbi Finkelwicz. Aharon, Shloima’s older brother, had Rabbi Finkelwicz two years earlier and really enjoyed learning with him.

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He couldn’t wait to call his best friend Nossi to share the news. 

“Good afternoon!” Nossi cheerfully answered. 

“Hi! It’s Shloima. I got my letter from yeshivah. Did yours come, too?” he asked. 

“Yes! My new rebbi is Rabbi Lowenstein. I heard he’s really good. How about you?” 

Shloima’s heart fell as he heard this news. He and Nossi had been best friends forever and had always been together in the same class. Now what would he do, not being able to turn around and see his friend’s encouraging face there? 

“Oh, no!” Shloima cried, “I don’t have him. I have Rabbi Finkelwicz.” 

“That’s too bad, Shloima, but I know Rabbi Finkelwicz is a good rebbi. I’m sure you’ll really like him.” 

“I know, it’s just going to be really strange not seeing you in class.” 

“Yeah, it will be,” Nossi replied, “but we’ll still see each other on the bus and at lunch, and there’s certainly always Shabbos,” his friend encouraged.

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