Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter



Yosef Chaim’s Adventures

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

Kefitzfotzim are the latest craze in Tzfat — and I think all of Israel. Every kid in town seems to have one: boys and girls

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

 Mishpacha image

Photo: Shutterstock

Y osef Chaim! Don’t forget the kefitzfotz!” Yaakov Yisrael reminded me as we set off for Talmud Torah.

Have you heard of kefitzfotzim? I don’t know if they have them abroad or what they’re called there but that’s what we call them. They’re funny things — two bouncy balls on top of each other, with a plastic circle in the middle for your feet. They’re the best fun! Once you get the hang of gripping the ball with your feet, you can jump around everywhere, even down steps!

Kefitzfotzim are the latest craze in Tzfat — and I think all of Israel. Every kid in town seems to have one: boys and girls. In the morning, the alleyways are full of jumping kids, each kefitzfotz a different color. And at recess in Talmud Torah — wow! Everyone used to play soccer; now the playground is just a mass of bouncing boys!

“Okay, boys, recess is over!” Rav Rachamim announced. We all bounced off the playground and headed inside. Rav Cohen, the principal, was waiting at the entrance.

“All classes, please go to the dining hall,” he ordered. “I have an important announcement to make.”

We looked at each other in surprise and worry.

“What do you think, Yosef Chaim?” Yochai asked me. “Maybe the rabbanim decided they’re going to stop us playing with kefitzfotzim?

“Oy, I hope not,” I groaned.

So it was with worried faces that 200 boys filed into the dining room and sat down.

Once everyone had quieted down, Rav Cohen stood up and began to speak.

“Honored rabbanim, dear students, I have some bad news for you,” he announced. “I’m sorry to say that we are no longer getting funding from the government. We need a lot of money to pay the bills and the melamdim’s wages, and we just don’t have it. Hashem will help, but we need to make our own efforts too. I want you all — rabbanim, students, and parents — to think of ways we can come up with the money. All ideas are welcome. We will do everything we can to keep the Talmud Torah open, but if we don’t find the money, sadly, we will be forced to close it.”

No one said a word. Everyone was in shock. They couldn’t close the Talmud Torah! It had been open for years, so long, that some of our parents had actually learned there!

We filed back to class, very downcast. I have to admit that we didn’t concentrate very well on the mishnah we were learning; we were all thinking about the money the Talmud Torah needed, and what we could do about it, and even Rav Rachamim wasn’t his normal enthusiastic self.

Recess time came, and we bounced off to the playground with our kefitzfotzim. But even that had lost its excitement.

Related Stories

Jr. Tales: Door Prizes

Rachel Stein

Maybe she could finally get the matching necklace-and-earring set all the girls were wearing! At lea...

Super Avi: Episode 6

Ruchama Schnaidman

Kislev — Chanukah — it’s the time of nissim and Avi has so much to share

A Puzzling Matter

Bracha Rosman

From logic puzzles to jigsaw puzzles to word puzzles, the list is long, challenging, and fun filled

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.
CAPTCHA
Message


 
Drink to Eternity
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Redemption doesn’t simply mean being let out of jail
Klal Yisrael Is Always Free
Yonoson Rosenblum "In that merit will Klal Yisrael continue to exist”
Home Free
Eytan Kobre My baseline for comparison is admittedly weak
Believe in Your Own Seder
Rabbi Judah Mischel Hashem is satisfied when we do our best
Picture Perfect
Yisroel Besser Take a picture — and this time, send it to yourself
Flying Solo
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman As Pesach loomed closer, his resentment was growing
Hanging on by a Hair
Jacob L. Freedman MD “Do you still think that I’m not completely crazy?”
A Song for Every Season
Riki Goldstein Influencers map out their personal musical soundtracks
Subliminal Speech
Faigy Peritzman The deeper the recognition, the deeper the effect
The Big Change
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Spelling things out clears clouds of resentment
The Count-Up
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Tap the middos of Sefirah to recreate yourself
The Baker: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP with Zivia Reischer "She can't get married if she can't build a relationship...
Know This: Infertility
As Told to Bracha Stein There was no place for me. I didn’t belong
Dear Shadchan
The Girl Here's the thing: I need time