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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”

 

Water under the Bridge

Dov Haller

“What’s sad is that he could be part of it if he actually felt like listening to someone else for once”

 

Sands of Time

Sara Wolf

“Nitza, you are entering your sixteenth year. Don’t you understand that you are a slave in this vast prison called Mitzrayim?”

 

Mirror Image

Gila Arnold

“You really get it. People told me that about you, that you really understand. That’s why I wanted to speak to you so badly”

 

Choice Theory

Esther Kurtz

INTRO “His ex was one of those people my generation makes fun of your generation for. Instant gratification, sunshine and rainbows and the unicorns”

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Home Free
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Believe in Your Own Seder
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Picture Perfect
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Flying Solo
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Hanging on by a Hair
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Subliminal Speech
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The Big Change
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The Count-Up
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The Baker: Part 1
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Dear Shadchan
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