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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

 

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!”

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Evolution vs. Revolution
Shoshana Friedman I call it the “what happened to my magazine?” response
Up, Up, and Away
Rabbi Moshe Grylak What a fraught subject Eretz Yisrael is, to this day
Where Do You Come From?
Yonoson Rosenblum Could they be IDF officers with no Jewish knowledge?
Heaven Help Us
Eytan Kobre Writing about anti-Semitism should rouse, not soothe
Work/Life Solutions with Chedva Kleinhandler
Moe Mernick “Failures are our compass to success”
An Un-Scientific Survey
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are Jerusalemites unfriendly? Not necessarily
Out of Anger
Jacob L. Freedman How Angry Lawyer was finally able to calm down
5 Things You Didn’t Know about…Yitzy Bald
Riki Goldstein He composed his first melody at eight years old
When the Floodgates of Song Open, You’re Never Too Old
Riki Goldstein Chazzan Pinchas Wolf was unknown until three years ago
Who Helped Advance These Popular Entertainers?
Riki Goldstein Unsung deeds that boosted performers into the limelight
Your Task? Ask
Faigy Peritzman A tangible legacy I want to pass on to my children
Are You There?
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Emotional withdrawal makes others feel lonely, abandoned
A Peace of a Whole
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Love shalom more than you love being right
Seminary Applications
Rabbi Zecharya Greenwald, as told to Ariella Schiller It’s just as hard for seminaries to reject you