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Story Supplement: Aflame

Mishpacha Contributors

8 stories trace the fire’s path, from the first glow until its dying embers

 

Tempo Story: The Yenta Gene

Rikki Ehrlich

“I wonder how the Yenta Gene works in humans!” Leah reached her gloved hand inside. “Like, if you have the mutation — yeeeooooowwwwwww!”

 

Change of Heart: Chapter 1

Leora Hammer

I was exhausted — my heart had been racing, like I was running a marathon, for close to ten hours. But I wasn’t scared

 

Starting Over Again

Esther Ilana Rabi

Here are some practical ways to overcome those despairing “I’ll never achieve my goal” moments and other hurdles as we work toward self-improvement

 

Turning Tides: Taken to Account

Leah Gebber

Every job — whether as a street cleaner or a banker or a farmer — can be done in a way that builds society or destroys it

 

For the Fun of It

Mati Swimer

Chanukah fun and games. Join in the action with this Family First tournament of fun and games, and let the fun begin!

 

Tempo Story: Just One Year

Adina Lover

“Baruch Hashem, it’s working out. You cannot imagine how much I’m looking forward to this year. To just slowing the pace”

 

Grab the Reins: Chapter 34

Shoshana Schwartz

“These addicts give up everything to get clean. They leave their homes, their families, their jobs, they leave their creature comforts and everything else behind”

 

Map the Starlight: Chapter 27

Leah Gebber

“It is I. I am the guilty party. Do not blame my father and do not cast the guilt upon your son. The fault lies with me”

 

Facets: Chapter 18

Esther Kurtz

“Close the door behind you, please,” Rafi asked. I bowed out, closed the door, and then stood right by the door to eavesdrop

 

Lifetakes: Close Calls

Faigy Schonfeld

I hear the rest of her sentence, unsaid words like knives of ice. A few minutes later, and it would’ve been over

 

Windows: As the Clock Swings

Esther Novak

There is pain in what we are doing. We are intruders, witnesses to the part of life we like to pretend will never come

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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?