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Into the Desert

Rikki Ehrlich

I thought back to my husband’s reaction to his first day in the new yeshivah — he’d come home exhausted, and seemed slightly stressed

 

Family Time

Dov Haller

Chol Hamoed, twice a year, a family trip. That’s all she expected, an assurance that her family was also whole. They could also have a good time

 

The Perfect Note

Gila Arnold

The beginning, once you get past that rock-jamming intro to when I’m already a black-and-white yeshivah bochur, is when I met Miriam

 

As the Water Flows

Faigy Shonfeld

“Tatty,” she speaks. She keeps her voice smooth, though the rock in her throat hurts. “Tatty, I can’t marry him. Please don’t ask me to”

 

At Sea

Michal Marcus

This isn’t supposed to happen. Chavy is the ultimate homebody; it was one of the things I’d liked most about her when we dated thirty years ago

 

Two Is Company

Esther Kurtz

“Shuey is not going to be happy. I don’t want to tell him. And I’m definitely not telling Avi — he doesn’t even know about the shidduch”

 

Growing Up

Chanie Spira

There’s a strange silence at the table. Not one of Suri’s kids is crying, and Avrum is quiet. Avrum is never quiet.

 

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

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Whose State Is It?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Nation-State Bill adds nothing to the simple truth
First, Clean Your Room
Yonoson Rosenblum Disorder of our rooms reflects the disorder of our minds
Start Up with G-d
Eytan Kobre “Women rabbis” suffocate the spirit of the law
The Non-Competitive Competitors
Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib Competition? We are all working for the same Boss!
In Defense of Those Eltere Bochurim
“Still Waiting” (an anonymous contributor) A perspective built on 12 years (and counting) of dating
No Size Fits All
Jacob L. Freedman Meir’s success seemed practically carved out for him
Endnote - Start with the Heart
Riki Goldstein “I start with the heart of the sound, then add layers”
Great Shakes
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Hashem has His ways of pressing our “reset” button
Of Gates and Gators
Faigy Peritzman Our ears can receive messages the most easily
I Don’t Know
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Get around decision paralysis by listening to your gut
Time to Try the Frum Dating Sites?
Sara Eisemann That’s my problem and I’ll have to work it through