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Windows: Sweetness Dissolved

Elana Rothberg

“Show me your pass.” She’s brimming with authority, inflated as a helium balloon. I stutter, the words stuck in my throat like marbles

 

Map the Starlight: Chapter 36

Leah Gebber

He looks. Three pieces of paper. One rough pen. A vial of ink. She speaks. “So that you can teach me,” she says

 

On the House: Chapter 3

Faigy Schonfeld

It was wonderfully hot, full of the roaring hiss of the deep fryer, pots clanging, Javier whistling, Bea presiding over an enormous pot of cabbage, telling jokes

 

Lifetakes: The Old Man

Faigy Schonfeld

I wonder if that’s his secret. I wonder if he’s still feeding off his mother’s smile, or her energy, or her joy

 

Red Light, Green Light

Elisheva Appel

Given the vast amount of energy we invest into shidduchim, it’s no wonder singles and their parents tend to analyze, and overanalyze, every bit of information

 

At My Sister’s Side

Bracha Yaari

Some women do more than dress up for their sisters’ wedding day. They plan and finance the entire simchah, in the place of a parent who can’t

 

Turning Tides: Joy in the Darkness

As told to Leah Gebber

What would Rivka want her bas mitzvah to look like, now that there could be none of the big ideas she’d dreamed about?

 

Change of Heart: Chapter 8

Leora Hammer

A tiny pause, like she wasn’t sure if she should believe me. “You understand why I’m asking. If there’s a medical issue, we need to know”

 

Tempo: A Blooper-Free Bar Mitzvah

Perel Grossman

As the date of the bar mitzvah drew closer, everything seemed to be under control. (Don’t ever say that phrase out loud. Ever. I mean it)

 

Windows: Of Milestones and Millstones

Chaya Joseph

Would Rochie be able to sleep tonight? What were her thoughts as she stood alone in her kitchen with my news buzzing in her brain?

 

Musings: Best Mom Award

Esty Heller

Fine, so I broke a hundred of Sarah Chana Radcliffe’s rules at once. Lock me up

 

Encounters: Eyes Wide Shut

Elana Rothberg

I can sense she’s enamored of our kollel lifestyle, about the simplicity, about the inner happiness that radiates from our home. So perhaps I should disillusion her

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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek