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Building Blocks

Leah Gebber

Yudi turns around and makes eye contact with each of them in turn. “Want to be a good teacher? Celebrate each child. Don’t ever think you’re just teaching alef-beis. You’re imprinting each child with the knowledge that he’s as precious as each heilige letter”

 

As Needed

Michal Marcus

I started my Dud Dates Database (a.k.a. DDD) back at shidduch 22 — or maybe it was 23. Right after some shadchan redt me to Miriam Goldstein

 

Whispers in Time

Esther Teichtal

“This turned up during the cleaning. There’s half a lifetime’s diary there.” Barbara handed Andrea the gray folder and rose. “Take your time,” she said, as she walked out the door

 

The Queen Mother

Rochel Grunewald

The crown passed to her daughter, and she was graced with the title “Queen Mother” and the nostalgia of a has-been. The thought of it tugs at Golda’s heart. Slowly, the rebbetzin’s mother makes her way toward the exit

 

Different Strokes

Esty Heller

I shot him a glare. I hadn’t touched a toothpick out of the kitchen since before. Ma had considered it a ridiculous hobby

 

Make Him Proud

Blimi Rabinowitz

“You’re funny, Yechiel, you know? Daddy isn’t setting you up with his gedolim out of the goodness of his heart. Just like he isn’t calling your rosh kollel every week out of the goodness of his heart. You’re his nachas machine, you realize that, right?”

 

Red Coat

Dov Haller

Boruch hadn’t expected him to get married again. According to Daddy, it wasn’t his plan either. Judy was very proud of herself, actually. “I’m from Brooklyn,” she liked to say, “and we’re used to saying what we want”

 

Full Support

Riki Goldstein

“Where’s the family loyalty, where’s their upbringing? Support them five years in Israel, bring them home to a royal welcome, and they slap you in the face!”

 

Dance with You

Zivia Reischer

I’ll go to the wedding, like I told Asher. But I never said anything to him about dancing with Dassi

 

The Fourth Question

Rikki Ehrlich

It’s like there’s a cloth of nature, of cause-and-effect, allowing us to make believe we’re in control, that all we need is an algorithm to ensure our lives go smoothly. A shidduch algorithm, no less! I suddenly had a crazy urge to burst out laughing, or crying, or both

 

Freeze Frame

Esther Kurtz

“I’m confused. You’re 21, you didn’t date till now because guys, or their mothers, were still judging. A guy finally doesn’t know, gives the real you a chance, and you’re not happy?”

 

Veiled Plans

Rachael Lavon

“The people…who don’t know. They think I’m being picky,” she said, so softly, Bella nearly missed the fiery ache held in the words.

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