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More or Less: Chapter 8

Esther Kurtz

“Tell me everything,” Ari said, and I both melted and froze. Am I so not used to someone genuinely caring about me?


Don’t Mess with Me

Ahuva Kerzner

Why am I so stressed? Because of The Mess. Why were we late? Because of The Mess. Why didn’t I get that task done? The Mess


Tempo Real Life: All He Needs

F.P. Liebesohn

I felt tears prick the back of my eyes, felt a lump in my throat the size of a golf ball, all brought on by Mrs. Half-My-Age, Half-My-Size, Half-My-Life-Experience therapist


Center Stage: Chapter 41

Gila Arnold

While this was normal for Heshy, it was really insanely abnormal. Who got home from work at ten thirty at night on a regular basis?


The Gatekeeper’s Daughter: Chapter 22

Esther Teichtal

Vasara clenches her teeth. She has not yet managed to wangle a smartphone, and calling her daughter on a public payphone is a headache


More or Less: Chapter 7

Esther Kurtz

“Who cares, do you see me complaining? If I need supper I can cook or buy it, too. I’m a big boy”


Lifetakes: Hungry Again

Elana Rothberg

A final pin inserted in my balloon, and I am falling, completely deflated. Is my wish for a thriving business nothing but a pipe dream?


“F” is for Friendship

Sara Wolf

Who said you have to be competitive to have fun? We’re all on the same team anyway. With these friendship-themed activities, everyone’s a winner


Operation Acceptance

Esther Malky Neiman

Layee smiled serenely. “Behind every great man, blah blah blah… And until a bochur finds his bashert, who is that great woman? His mother”


The Three Faces of Ima

Mazal Madina

The scarf is tied tightly around my eyes. I grope and stumble in the dark, looking for my Ima. Eventually, I catch hold of a figure. I rip the scarf from my face. But it is never Ima. It’s always one of her three faces


I’m a Cliché

Adina Lover

Because being a cliché means I’ve matured into myself. It means I’ve attained a level of security so that I no longer feel the need to announce myself by standing out in the crowd


Center Stage: Chapter 40

Gila Arnold

Rina had emphatically put her foot down at Gabriella’s attempt to change some of the plot. “No way,” she’d said clearly. And, for what had to be the hundredth time, she’d added with a hiss, “Remember, this is mine”

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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