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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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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without