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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?



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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you