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You Can Do It Too

Blimi Rabinowitz

This is what I want to do, he’d realized. I want to make people feel things through my words

 

Honorable Mention

Esther Kurtz

Shana shook her head. “It’s almost insulting how you’re so stingy. You make me feel bad for buying anything at full price”

 

No Need for Knives

Rachael Lavon

I’ve lost my bearings. Fourteen years old, and I can’t find my bearings, nor do I know what bearings are exactly

 

Free Country

Dov Haller

It was happening, he kept telling her. Smell the coffee. We’re the future. In five years, he kept saying, she would have stores and milk and crowded sidewalks

 

Grand Prize

Zivia Reischer

The caller ID showed Bikur Cholim of Cedar Park. “For just ten dollars, you can be the lucky winner of a luxury Succos getaway!”

 

Forgive or Forget

Faigy Peritzman

“Rena,” Aharon’s voice was barely a whisper, “Dad comes out of the hospital on Sunday. Where do you want him to go?”

 

Teachers’ Room

Riki Goldstein

Binyomin’s eyes followed Gedalia Sokol, the menahel. It was six months, but a part of him still expected his friend to join him for a schmooze

 

Willow Branches

Rochel Grunewald

Mindy was the only human in the world who still trusted her fully and completely and didn’t look at her with eyes full of cloying pity

 

Family Time

Esty Heller

My phone jingled. It was my sister Dina. My fingers stiffened. Surely she just wanted a recipe, or to say hey, how’s it going. Still, my finger tapped ignore

 

True Colors

Michal Marcus

Dan decided Mordy should start trailing me on my beat. Like my job isn’t hard enough without having an overeager wanna-be reporter following me around

 

Spirit of Truth

Rachael Lavon

“You’ll go in tonight? By yourself?” I ask. Baruch’s eyes flutter, then close in exasperation. A chill creeps up between us

 

The Exit Interview

Rikki Ehrlich

“Idy, what should we tell her, seriously? To behave herself or she won’t get married? That people will think she’s modern? Seriously? We’re way beyond that stage”

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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