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Star Gazer

As told to Leah Gebber

Diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer at 18, she’s made it her mission to light up the lives of everyone she meets

 

Are You Your Child’s Keeper?

Elisheva Appel

When is independence healthy — and when does it become risky? When is protectiveness “good parenting” and when is it stifling? Parents and experts weigh in

 

Coloring Out of the Lines

Esther Kurtz

At least Debby is entertaining when she harasses me. But Paint Nite? Seriously? I’d send a donation, make a supper gladly, but not waste a night

 

Unwrapped

Bracha Stein

Involuntarily, Chava smoothed her sheitel, but her brown bob couldn’t hold a candle to Miri’s locks. Miri flashed her a smile — even her teeth were perfect, Chava noted — and extended her hand

 

Best Foot Forward

Rikki Ehrlich

“Just four pairs of shoes. But such class. Such style.” A pause. “Such middos. And she’d draped a string of pearls around one pair — magnificent….”

 

Tichel Tales: Chapter 1

Gabriella Roth

She went for the jugular. “So Gabby, I noticed that you’ve been wearing tichels lately. Have you decided to stop wearing your sheitel?”

 

Freefall: Chapter 34

Miriam Zakon

Once in Bletchley Park, Colonel Cohn explains to Moe that the codebreaking work being done here is helping to win the war

 

House of Mirrors: Chapter 10

Rachael Lavon

Sarah tells Laylee that they’re changing Elmway in a way that’s not wanted by the many residents who moved out of town to escape materialism

 

Learning Curve: Chapter 27

Gila Arnold

Suri psyches herself up to confront Aviva over the decision to keep Yael in the dark — but loses the opportunity to do so

 

Lifetakes: More than Toys

Faigy Markowitz

We only saw her a few times a year, but every time there was a huge shopping bag filled with toys, prizes, and hair accessories



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Out of This World
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Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
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Hidden Special Needs
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Dear Wealthy Friend
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