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Disconnected: Darchei Emes IX

Bracha Rosman

Pinny punched his pillow and lay back down. He had stayed home from school with a nasty flu today and not one of his friends had called him. He stared up at the ceiling and frowned. He thought of the lesson Rabbi Frankel had taught them during these long weeks of sefira about the lack of ahavas Yisroel amongst Rabbi Akiva’s talmidim. “Some good it did,” he mumbled. “Some friends they turned out to be.”

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

There was a light tap on his door and then his mother poked her head in.

“Hi, Ma. Is the phone broken?”

“No. Why?” Pinny didn’t answer.

“How are you feeling?”

“Bad.”

“Oy, what can I get you?”

Pinny reached for a tissue and blew his nose. “For starters, a group of new friends.”

His mother looked puzzled. “New friends? What’s wrong with the ones you have?”

Pinny shrugged his shoulders, not trusting his voice.

“Did one of the boys call and upset you?” his mother tried.

Pinny shook his head.

“Did one of the boys call and make you feel bad?” she attempted a second time.

“No,” Pinny answered his eyes filling. “Nobody called. That’s the problem.”

 

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