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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.

 

Home Free

Leah Gebber

Oh, of course he could be stabilized. It was just a small episode, nothing really. Besides, it wasn’t full-blown mania, and Chananya had told her that he’d never had a psychotic episode. He’d just danced on the border

 

Birdsong

Faigy Schonfeld

But Ezriel!” Penina's voice rises. “I'm not asking you, I'm telling you! You have to swallow your pride, apologize, and get back into yeshivah. You don't want to ruin your life!”

 

The Candy Man

Rochel Grunewald

He thinks of a decade of little hands reaching up to snatch their prizes from the air. Fleeting warmth of loving and being loved, of sweetness and sugar and puffs of cotton candy that melt upon touch

 

The Therapist Is In

Gila Arnold

“Miriam,” he says at last. “I think you should be asking yourself why Hindy’s idealism is bothering you so much. I’m no therapist, but I’m married to one, and if something is getting under your skin to this extent, there must be a deeper reason for it.”

 

Captive Audience

Dov Haller

Everyone was looking at him now. The way the menahel was saying it, in that special tone of voice he used when he was trying to sound cheerful but really wasn’t, made Yoni suspect he was saying it for the second time. Maybe even the third.

 

Crown Prince

Faige Schonfeld

Listen, it’s your first Yom Tov back home as a married lady. It’s normal to be nervous. She casts a quick glance at Menachem, who seems to have dozed off, as doubt gnaws at her.

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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you