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Almost Trashed

This is what Alan found in the garbage one day: movie ticket stubs, crumpled candy wrappers, a partially eaten ham and cheese sandwich, yesterday’s newspaper, empty soda cans, crushed cigarette butts, and an old pair of tefillin. Then Alan suddenly understood why he had been desperately searching through garbage for years and years. He must […]

Just Ten Minutes?

“Take ten minutes out of your day, To do what you enjoy,” the “experts” now say. Ten whole minutes? Is that all we get? Nearly twenty-four hours with pleasures unmet? Has it come down to this? Must we settle so low? Our foremother knew more than today’s “experts” know. “All her days were good,” our […]

Ode to a BT-FFB “Intermarriage”

Heaven sent my wife to be my soul mate here on earth, Although we grew up differently, ‘cause she’s a frum-from-birth. Her father works in chinuch at a choshuv institution, On Saturdays, my dad just reads his books on evolution. Her kollel brother has written many seforim through the years, My brother went to “Temple” […]

Just Ten Minutes?

“Take ten minutes out of your day, To do what you enjoy,” the “experts” now say. Ten whole minutes? Is that all we get? Nearly twenty-four hours with pleasures unmet? Has it come down to this? Must we settle so low? Our foremother knew more than today’s “experts” know. “All her days were good,” our […]

We’ve Got It Backwards

“Mommy, I can’t read this. It’s all upside down! Mommy, it’s the truth – Why do you have that frown?” “b’s and d’s aren’t easy. For me, they are hard. M’s and W’s – I can’t tell them apart.” “Tatte, I can’t daven, Like others in shul. I don’t want to go. I look like […]

The Mitzvas Weren’t Mine

by Bracha Goetz I got the costume right, but For years, the mitzvas weren’t mine. Or, they didn’t feel like they were. The actions – and the blessings too, Were awkward, Then shallow, But I said them anyway, Hoping for a day like this. The deeds, the prayers, even the thoughts Endured, stiff and inflexible […]

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