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Cleaning out the closet? What about those things we wish society would get rid of? Nine writers share the things they wish they could toss

 

Silencing the War Drums

As told to Esther Ilana Rabi

You tell me to snap out of it, as though I can control my racing thoughts, my pounding heart. Don’t you realize that’s the problem?

 

Turning Tides: Something from Nothing

As told to Leah Gebber

When I get older, I promised myself, I’m going to be a person who has her eyes open to people who need help. Here’s what happened

 

Rent-a-Bochur

Zivia Reischer

“No, seriously!” My mind lit up with a thousand ideas. “Rent-a-Bochur. That’s what we’ll call ourselves. I’ll make us T-shirts. We’ll make millions!”

 

Dancing in the Kitchen

Estee Rabinovicz

My mother made a decision: If she wanted a home fueled by love, light, and happiness, no one could create that energy but her

 

How to Train Your Husband Not to Buy You Jewelry

Bashi Gruber

Months after our wedding, when my birthday rolled around, my husband gave me a gold and diamond pendant. Ah, now this meant something

 

Freefall: Chapter 48

Miriam Zakon

It was that last package that had set Lieutenant Pontiac off onto his newest escapade: lighting candles every night on a barrel, and singing

 

House of Mirrors: Chapter 24

Rachael Lavon

“I mean, looking back, everyone probably hated us. People keep Purim simple around here, that’s the standard. And we came and just… It’s actually embarrassing”

 

Learning Curve: Chapter 41

Gila Arnold

“Suddenly you worry about confidentiality! Didn’t occur to you, did it, when you went spreading rumors about my daughter to her principal and teachers!”

 

Lifetakes: Five Candles

Yudit Green

What does she pray for? Is she saying that tefillah? The one for her children to go on the right path?



MM217
 
A Response to "Too Far from Home"
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Chareidi Israel is not happy to absorb immigrants”
Life after Kollel
Yonoson Rosenblum Remaining a ben Torah requires remaining a bar daas
Angel's Advocate
Eytan Kobre Because this is how’s it’s supposed to be always
Bring Back the Wonder
Yisroel Besser Look around and say, “Ribbono shel Olam, wow!”
Make Your Words Count
Rabbi Shneur Aisenstark This story delivers two sobering lessons for all of us
I Know of What I Speak
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman I would allow my mask to fall, my soul to be revealed
Meet the Tzaddik
Jacob L. Freedman “Aren’t there meds that can get him back to yeshivah?”
Two centuries later, the Chasam Sofer’s niggunim are heard again
Riki Goldstein The musical side of the Chasam Sofer dynasty
How Do You Think of These Words?
Riki Goldstein “For me, the words are the neshamah of the song”
The Song I Can't Stop Singing: Shlomo Simcha
Riki Goldstein “Which song are you connecting to this season?”
Megama Had the Magic
Riki Goldstein Remembering Moshe Yess a”h and Shalom Levine a”h
Living Beyond the Moment
Faigy Peritzman Someone steeped in Torah always lives beyond the moment
Uncertainty
Sarah Chana Radcliffe We can only be sure that we can never be sure
Instinctive Knowledge
With Rav Moshe Wolfson, written by Baila Vorhand Jewish babies are born knowing Hashem
The Gardener: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “It’s a secret language called body language”