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Stage Whispers

Perel Grossman

I can’t go. I just can’t go. I mean, look at me! How can I go out in public looking like this? My bangs are totally grown out and I don’t have enough time to get a haircut. And I have nothing normal to wear.

 

Calamity Control

Bracha Rosman

I’m a huge pessimist. I remember as a toddler wondering why my baby bottle was half-empty. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an average teenager just like you and have fun with my friends. It’s just that I have this major problem. I see what other people see as small problems, as enormous problems. My friends are all familiar with my use of my favorite word. They think it’s “so cute.” Let me assure you though, there’s nothing cute about the word calamity. Especially when I overuse it so.

 

Chanukah Party

Tzipi Caton

Chanukah parties are a highlight of our year. What’s not to like? Good food, great company, entertainment, and even vacation! Each year my own family throws one huge party for all the extended cousins. It’s a total blast, or it was, until some of us cousins grew up and our parents put us in charge of getting it together.

 

Backstage Regrets

E. M. Gross

My chair scrapes against the floor as I push away from the sewing machine I’ve been bending over for the last hour. I stretch, listen to my joints crack into place, and head to the pay phone to let my mother know that I’ll be home in an hour or so. She doesn’t mind that I’m staying late after school to prepare for the Chanukah chagigah, but she would worry if I didn’t call her with an update.

 

Meant to Be

As told to Leah Gebber

This is not a comfortable story to read, but it’s a true one. And maybe you, too, can learn from it. The story begins with the birth of my nephew — what a simchah! This was the first grandson in the family, and my parents were walking on air. Of course, along with the birth of a boy comes the fanfare and fun — a shalom zachor, a voch nacht, a bris.…



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He Loved to Do Good
Yonoson Rosenblum What it means to take responsibility for a fellow Jew
Out of Character
Eytan Kobre This gaping gap in my would-be wordsmithery niggles
Got Grit?
Alexandra Fleksher How can we help our kids get grittier?
10 Questions for Yoni Fishkin
Rachel Bachrach 15,000 minyanim, more than 6,500 locations, 70 countries
Lucky Day
Jacob L. Freedman Zaki got an addictive thrill from risking it all
Ghost of a Chance
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman He knew and she knew. And that was all that mattered
Giving All I Have
Riki Goldstein The song of unswerving faith
Rabbi Shloime Taussig: I’m never in the studio without…
Riki Goldstein “I make sure to do this before every job”
Last-Minute Decisions
Riki Goldstein How do entertainers know they made the right choice?
Preparation Makes Perfect
Faigy Peritzman The more we prepare, the more we can receive kedushah
Not Wanted
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Lectures usually don’t inspire — they backfire
Constant Creation
Rabbi Menachem Nissel The keys to life are safely in Hashem’s Hands
The Gardener: Part IV
D. Himy with Zivia Reischer “When there’s a pause in conversation, you can join in”