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Ninety Days

All of a sudden, Shuey’s face lit up. “Oh my goodness, Chavie. I just thought of a brilliant idea. Ready?”

 

Free Space

Rochel Grunewald

She had been too shocked, too numb, to do anything but agree. Now she just wishes she hadn’t

 

In Sync

Rochel Grunewald

“I’m— the drums aren’t toys,” he says, almost defensively. “They’re— I can’t have anyone touching them. I think I’ll have to keep the study door locked”

 

Lost in Translation

Esty Heller

If anyone else would tease me like that, and twice in the same day, I would blow up. But Gedalya is forgiven

 

Echo Valley

Leah Gebber

Zach types “courage” into Brainyquote. He angles his screen away from the sun, and begins: “Plato sees courage as perseverance — through suffering, pleasure, and fear”

 

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.

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