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Jolly Solly: Streetlights

R. Atkins

Mr. Krankowitz glanced out of a nearby window — to his surprise all of Sunny Lane was in darkness. Whatever in the world was going on?

 

The Bear Family: Benny Bear Becomes a Bear

Yael Mermelstein

“We should have a mascot, you know, someone dressing up as a bear of course, during the carnival. And of course it should be Benny Bear”

 

History Highlights: Baghdad

Rabbi Meir Goldberg

When most people think of Baghdad, they think of wars and armies fighting over it. But for thousands of years, Baghdad was home to many Jews

 

Hide and Seek: Chapter 8

Bracha Rosman

“No, no. You didn’t… you didn’t!” But she knew he had. A wave of darkness engulfed her, and Idy fell to her knees

 

Cold Fronts

When Malkie met Ruchie’s eyes, she felt like she was peering into a chest of warm memories — they were all there. Ruchie seemed to genuinely still care about her and their friendship. But then why wasn’t she making time for them to spend together?

 

Ditch the Diets

Ahuva Sofer

You indulge. You feel gross. And your healthy lunch is history. Why does this scene seem so familiar to so many? What went wrong?

 

Another Kind of Revolution

Avital Jeidel

Most people would prefer to go to sunny, safe Florida for midwinter break, and you couldn’t pay them to go to Belarus for ten days! But I never like doing what most people do, anyway

 

DMCs: A Hard Friendship

As told to Leah Greenburg

I felt like screaming after her, “After all I did for you, you are angry at me?!” And that’s where we stand. Like I said, it’s a hard friendship. Or maybe not a friendship at all anymore

 

The Principal’s Daughter: Chapter 1

Yonina Levine

Rivky follows a few paces behind, her loafers scuffed, her tights frayed. In her mind she calculates all the things that are wrong with her

 

Blackout!

Sivi Sekula

Suddenly the lights go out and — what then? Most blackouts last just a few hours, but why do they occur? And what happens when they last way longer?

 

To Fly Without Wings

Shoshana Schwartz

And then Daddy let slip that it’s not horseback riding lessons, it’s horseback riding therapy. Been there, done that. Thanks, but no thanks. Since Mom died I’ve done a gazillion therapies, and I totally don’t see the point

 

Hang On to Your Hat!

Yisrael Rutman

People all over the world wear hats for many reasons. So hold on to your hat as we explore the wonderful world of hats

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Piece Talks
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Never Too Late
Yonoson Rosenblum Shouldn’t Torah Jews be smarter than this?
Credit Where Due
Eytan Kobre The value of “prudence, principle, and public health”
Dead or Alive?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Do we content ourselves with superficiality?
Acceptance Speech
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “I just wish people would have accepted me”
Looks Can Deceive
Faigy Peritzman Don’t be fooled by appearances — your own or others’
Taxed to the Limit
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Times of crisis call for special doses of self-care
The Codebreakers, Part II
D. Himy & Zivia Reischer Even English is Chinese to Tully
Being “Realistic”
Sara Eisemann Are her expectations in shidduchim realistic?
Dear Former Teachers
Words Unspoken We learned the hard way what you didn’t teach us