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I Dare Me: Rid My Life of 1,000 Objects

As told to Elisheva Appel

To move without losing my sanity, I want to first get rid of my extra encumbrances

 

The Good News and the Bad News

Ahava Ehrenpreis

The good news: I painted my entire house a deep teal blue. The bad news: There’s no one to share the house with

 

Center Stage: Chapter 51

Gila Arnold

If her documentary spurred Rina to make more of an effort to get to know her daughter, well, wasn’t that a good thing?

 

The Gatekeeper's Daughter: Chapter 32

Esther Teichtal

Vasara sucks in her breath. She swivels in her office chair and closes her eyes. Her trip to Riga belongs to another era, relegated to a dusty corner of her brain, the door shut firmly after it

 

Five Golden Words

Gela Schwartz

I don’t know who’d arranged for the printing of those booklets, who’d chosen those few words, but I do know that that last word spoke everything

 

The Nest

Elana Rothberg

What if I needed medical intervention to bear more children? What if I never had another child?

 

Overload

Raizy Friedman

Mounds of laundry — and even little humps of them — in the hamper create an itch that needs to be scratched, umm, washed

 

Center Stage: Chapter 50

Gila Arnold

“It was a crazy idea. I’d decided I’d prove that I’m an actress. But I’m not. I’ve never been one, and, what’s more, I never had any desire to be one. So what, exactly, did I think I could prove?”

 

The Gatekeeper's Daughter: Chapter 31

Esther Teichtal

She might always be that weird girl who has fallen from a distant star who doesn’t know half of the endless rules

 

More or Less: Chapter 16

Esther Kurtz

“First things first,” Ari said, reaching for a bag I’d just noticed. He pulled out a flattish square orange box printed with a bold H. No. He didn’t really buy me a Hermes scarf

 

The Basket

Chana Berkovits

When I was in eighth grade, a teacher asked us to write an essay about what we feared most. I wrote that I feared being told in the middle of class that I had a phone call

 

Words Fail Me

Zivia Reischer

Generations after Mordechai foiled a plot by speaking the language of the plotters, seven anecdotes about how dangerous speaking English can be

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