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Night Light

Michal Marcus

Miss Litwin stares at me, a gaze that seems to look right through me. “Is that what’s really bothering you?” she asks softly. She leans towards me. “The principal told me what’s going on at home. You must be feeling very confused right now.”

 

The Tenth Man

Dov Haller

Tzali didn’t want more than ten yungeleit. Enough for a minyan, small enough for a tight chaburah. Keep it exclusive, he believed. He’d worked long and hard choosing the first eight, he was number nine. The tenth was a bit of a surprise.

 

Home Free

Leah Gebber

Oh, of course he could be stabilized. It was just a small episode, nothing really. Besides, it wasn’t full-blown mania, and Chananya had told her that he’d never had a psychotic episode. He’d just danced on the border

 

Birdsong

Faigy Schonfeld

But Ezriel!” Penina's voice rises. “I'm not asking you, I'm telling you! You have to swallow your pride, apologize, and get back into yeshivah. You don't want to ruin your life!”

 

The Candy Man

Rochel Grunewald

He thinks of a decade of little hands reaching up to snatch their prizes from the air. Fleeting warmth of loving and being loved, of sweetness and sugar and puffs of cotton candy that melt upon touch

 

The Therapist Is In

Gila Arnold

“Miriam,” he says at last. “I think you should be asking yourself why Hindy’s idealism is bothering you so much. I’m no therapist, but I’m married to one, and if something is getting under your skin to this extent, there must be a deeper reason for it.”

 

Captive Audience

Dov Haller

Everyone was looking at him now. The way the menahel was saying it, in that special tone of voice he used when he was trying to sound cheerful but really wasn’t, made Yoni suspect he was saying it for the second time. Maybe even the third.

 

Crown Prince

Faige Schonfeld

Listen, it’s your first Yom Tov back home as a married lady. It’s normal to be nervous. She casts a quick glance at Menachem, who seems to have dozed off, as doubt gnaws at her.

 

Gilded Cage

Blimi Rabinowitz

What was it about this woman that unnerved him? Was it her pride in her job? Her unfamiliarity with the obvious? The hunger to do, to accomplish, outside of her home?

 

Superhero

Zivia Reischer

The older girl smirked. “Catch,” she said. She tossed Chaya the DVD. Chaya fumbled and blushed, but she caught it.

 

Wise Son

Riva Pomerantz

“Why would Hashem want me to suffer so much humiliation from being with my sister-in-law all Yom Tov? I mean, you know how small I feel next to her, Shmu—she’s an impossible act to follow!”

 

Pink Shirt Shidduch

Shuli Meyer

“Crazy! Who ever heard of a chassidishe meidel arranging things with a shadchan by herself? Her parents know nothing — she just goes ahead and meets a boy? And to a what? A moderne lawyer who wears a pink shirt, probably! You can forget it, Rikki. You — can — for — get — it!”

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