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Freilechen Purim

Chayale Saibil

They always seemed joyous on Purim. I’d never have guessed what lay beneath the smiles

 

Center Stage: Chapter 49

Gila Arnold

Even in the poor lighting, Gabriella caught her blush. This was the first time in their lives that these girls were being made to feel different

 

The Gatekeeper’s Daughter: Chapter 30

Esther Teichtal

“I wonder if he really is my father. Farmer Gudaitis said he was a silversmith. How many silversmiths could there have been in the Lithuanian underground?”

 

More or Less: Chapter 15

Esther Kurtz

It was one o’clock now, I hadn’t cleaned up from Shabbos at all, I was just sitting on the bathroom floor — not crying, just alone

 

Packaged with Love

Rivka Streicher

“He’s much more okay than you remember. He’s changed.” She says this because I look skeptical. Duvi, that skinny boy, that branded child?

 

House of Dreams

Keren Harre

I am furious at my laid-back husband. I act passive-aggressively, a fury brewing inside, which I’m too levelheaded to release

 

The Gatekeeper’s Daughter: Chapter 29

Esther Teichtal

“Home?” Laima doesn’t mean to taunt, but the way she says it makes Daina flinch

 

More or Less: Chapter 14

Esther Kurtz

I’d responded in the 24-hour window, but it had been too late, and without me they did everything wrong: got defensive, denied any wrongdoing, threatened to sue

 

Lifetakes: Stronger Than Ice

Faigy Weinberger

“This journey has cracked me open to my core and nearly broken me many times. In overcoming these challenges, I’m bringing home with me some of life’s greatest lessons”

 

Tempo Fiction: Simmy and Laibel Share a Smile

Rachael Lavon

Oh, great. He’s rhyming again. He only speaks in rhyme when he’s stressed or upset. It’s official. He totally, totally thinks I’m terrible

 

She Was There

Esti Stein

He put down the sefer and walked into another room. She followed him. She watched as he leaned his head against the wall and sobbed

 

The Story of a Woman’s Life

Chaya Liba Aarons

Self-pity sweeps in like a welcome friend. Will I ever really be understood? Why can’t Aryeh have a turn looking after these little troublemakers?

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Drink to Eternity
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Redemption doesn’t simply mean being let out of jail
Klal Yisrael Is Always Free
Yonoson Rosenblum "In that merit will Klal Yisrael continue to exist”
Home Free
Eytan Kobre My baseline for comparison is admittedly weak
Believe in Your Own Seder
Rabbi Judah Mischel Hashem is satisfied when we do our best
Picture Perfect
Yisroel Besser Take a picture — and this time, send it to yourself
Flying Solo
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman As Pesach loomed closer, his resentment was growing
Hanging on by a Hair
Jacob L. Freedman MD “Do you still think that I’m not completely crazy?”
A Song for Every Season
Riki Goldstein Influencers map out their personal musical soundtracks
Subliminal Speech
Faigy Peritzman The deeper the recognition, the deeper the effect
The Big Change
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Spelling things out clears clouds of resentment
The Count-Up
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Tap the middos of Sefirah to recreate yourself
The Baker: Part 1
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Know This: Infertility
As Told to Bracha Stein There was no place for me. I didn’t belong
Dear Shadchan
The Girl Here's the thing: I need time