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Sands of Time

Rachel Samet

Is it the rest of their group? He squints and the people take form — a Hassidic man and his children, overdressed for sunny late March. Distaste flavors his tongue and he looks away too fast

 

Star Power

Blimie Rabinowitz

Her parents had picked up on that early in the shidduch process — every neighbor, every relative, every rebbi or roommate seemed to get a light in their eye and lilt in their voice when asked about Chaim Hirsch

 

All that Glitters

Rikki Ehrlich

And then I froze and my mind went blank and this crazy overwhelming feeling came over me and I started to cry and so did she

 

Road Trip

Dov Haller

As he liked to tell Sarah, “I spend ten months teaching teenagers eight hours a day, all I want is quiet, I’m not looking for any action, thank you very much”

 

RSVP

Leah Gebber

But then, some people’s children don’t visit at all, and he is her son, and at 78, either she is bitter or grateful, and heaven knows, there are enough bitter people in her family

 

Wedding Plans

Faigy Schonfeld

So he’s here, so what. Soon he’ll be back in Stamford Hill with his wife and family, where he’ll stay forever after, far away from me and Nechama

 

Your Deepest Fear

Zivia Reischer

She wasn’t sure how a girl was supposed to feel on a seventh date with a guy she might soon be engaged to. But she was pretty sure her heart should not be sinking

 

Matter of Course

Esty Heller

I read, collected images, sorted and saved, but my concentration was patchy. Every time I pictured a hundred pairs of eyes on my face, my vision blurred and I hated Kimberly several notches more

 

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

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Yisroel Besser The deepest, most sophisticated truth in the world
Nobody's Perfect
Alexandra Fleksher With the gift of maturity, we learn to accept
Colossal Humility
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The last words I ever heard from my rebbi
Ready and Waiting
Baruch S. Fertel, MD, MPA, FACEP Why does everything take so long in the ER?
Bless You!
Faigy Peritzman Blessings don't create anything new in the natural world
Ready, Set, Succeed!
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Ensure success with explicit, doable instructions
The Radiance of Surrender
Mrs Shani Mendlowitz Honest admission reveals your inner radiance