Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

House of Mirrors: Chapter 28

Rachael Lavon

The jubilant Beloffs have a meaningful conversation with Redlick on their way out of court. Baila discusses seminary options with Sarah

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

mishpacha image

"One cold brew with a tiny splash of milk no sugar please.”

“Will that be all?”

Laylee glanced at Sarah who was already sitting at a corner table. “And one cup of hot water.”

“Plain water, ma’am?”

Laylee shrugged. “That’s what she likes.”

She carried the drinks over to the table and passed Sarah her mug. “I hope the barista did a good job, hot water is difficult to get right.”

Sarah blinked hard, then gave Laylee a blank smile.

“Okay,” Laylee said sharply. “What’s going on? You’ve been totally out of it since Daddy left yesterday. You haven’t criticized me once in 24 hours. Frankly, it’s concerning.”

Sarah sighed, traced a groove in the wooden table with her index finger. “I was talking to Baila the other day and she was telling me all about the seminary she went to in Eretz Yisrael, and she made it sound so…”

“Didn’t she go to Ahuvim? It’s for baalei teshuvah, Sarah, it would be a totally bizarre choice for y—”

“Oh, cos the mainstream system is so perfect?” Sarah cut her off. “It’s producing such deeply spiritual, deeply connected, non-superficial girls, just overflowing with depth! How dare I consider leaving the perfect utopian system I grew up with to try something so horrifically out of the box!”

Laylee’s eyes flashed. “Okay, you went to the wrong high school. Mommy and Daddy should have sent you away to some random place like Cleveland where you could make friends with other girls who drink plain hot water when out to coffee. But that doesn’t mean your experience represents all of the frum world. There are plenty of thought-out, deep, non-superficial girls your age….”

“Yeah. In Ahuvim.” Sarah was quiet for a minute, thinking. “I don’t want to go to a regular seminary, Laylee. I don’t want to spend a year listening to girls complain about how their seminary weight gain will affect their shidduchim. I can’t do it.”

Laylee wrapped her hands around her cup. “I think you might be over-generalizing.”

“Am I?”

“Like, for sure. Or at the very least, probably.” Laylee shifted in her chair.

“Well, probably isn’t good enough for me. Not with what it’s going to take to get me into a regular seminary. But I still really want to go to Eretz Yisrael,” Sarah finished quietly. Laylee looked down at her drink, unsure of what to say. I always associate normal with right. Maybe that’s not always the case. (Excerpted from Family First, Issue 540)

Related Stories

House of Mirrors: Chapter 27

Rachael Lavon

Norman explains his history with Redlick. Laylee tells her father it would mean the world to Sarah i...

Welcome to the World

As told to Leah Gebber

“Don’t go to some hick-town hospital,” my mother said on the phone. “Ten miles further is a world-cl...

Lifetakes: A Girl Called Kaila

Esther Malka Goldschmidt

Strange to hear this woman recounting a piece of my past. How many times had I wandered up and down ...

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.

The Fortunes of War
Rabbi Moshe Grylak We’re still feeling the fallout of the First World War
Some Lessons, But Few Portents
Yonoson Rosenblum What the midterms tell us about 2020
Vote of Confidence
Eyan Kobre Why I tuned in to the liberal radio station
5 out of 10
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Top 5 Moments of the Kinus
Day in the Life
Rachel Bachrach Chaim White of KC Kosher Co-op
When Less is More
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman How a good edit enhances a manuscript
It’s My Job
Jacob L. Freedman “Will you force me to take meds?”
They’re Still Playing My Song?
Riki Goldstein Yitzy Bald’s Yerav Na
Yisroel Werdyger Can’t Stop Singing
Riki Goldstein Ahrele Samet’s Loi Luni
Double Chords of Hope
Riki Goldstein You never know how far your music can go
Will Dedi Have the Last Laugh?
Dovid N. Golding Dedi and Ding go way back
Battle of the Budge
Faigy Peritzman Using stubbornness to grow in ruchniyus
The Challenging Child
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Strategies for raising the difficult child
Bucking the Trend
Sara Eisemann If I skip sem, will I get a good shidduch?
The Musician: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer "If she can't read she'll be handicapped for life!"