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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.

 

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.

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Do You Know Where You’re Going?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak If Mrs. Esterhazy hadn’t gotten sick
Birthright Drops Reform
Yonoson Rosenblum The numbers tell the sad story
With Fresh Eyes
Eytan Kobre Members of an ever-tying people
Gift-Giving Guide
Yisroel Besser There’s a skill to giving a teacher a gift
Time for a Career Change
Jacob L. Freedman “How can a bochur even afford to smoke?”
Today I Am a (Learned? Committed?) Jewish Man
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are bar mitzvah celebrations good for the Jews?
Major in Mothering
Faigy Peritzman “How do you picture marriage? Discussing quantum theory?...
When Parents Disagree
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Connecting heart-to-heart when you don’t see eye-to-eye
En Route: Food for Thought
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The bread we eat today also comes from heaven
The Twins: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “Bead,” she says again, with a little smirk
Dear Acquaintance
Your Possible Friend at the Clinic Why do you make it harder for me — and for you?