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Finding Clara

We were pleasantly surprised, just after my wife lit the Shabbos candles, when Sonja’s face lit up and she exclaimed, “I remember my mother doing that!”

Five Minutes

The fact that I was in a hurry made me think I should just take the card from him and open it for him.

Kaparah

After all, the exact amount one will make throughout the year is determined on Rosh Hashanah. It was only during Rosh Hashanah davening that I realized exactly what the kaparah was for.

Miracles at the Kotel

The woman closest to her smiled and said, "I'm not, but my great grandmother was, and I like Jewish people."

Crossing The Abyss When The Bridge Was Out

Where could we go? There was no shelter anywhere! But then we noticed a small white house beside an old red barn hiding behind the trees.

An Apt Shidduch

One evening, that young man ‘happened’ to leave just as I did, and he chivalrously offered to walk me to my bus stop.

To Believe

A Job…good girls… “I’ll get one,” I whispered furtively to Blankie. “I’ll be one of those good girls.”

Statistical Probability In Real Time

He handed it to me and hmm… yes, it was definitely a private check book left unattended, with a woman’s name, address, and phone number printed at the top.

Einat Desired Life

The day finally came, and with great anticipation and joy, both Einat and her husband went to the hospital.

No Debts, Just His Good Name

This was just one of the odd things I heard, there were more when we visited the family sitting shiva.

Driving Force

As he was en route, with one scholar and one scholar-wannabe in tow, he was unfortunately involved in a too-close encounter with a huge army truck.

Love Transcends All Boundaries

As he was leading the kehillah, he heard a voice in his ear instructing him “to take care of my daughter.”

Saved By The Overheating Car

Occasionally, Shimon would enquire after their children and grandchildren but for many this was too painful as they had little or no contact with them, so he had learnt over the years who he could ask and who he shouldn’t.

Snow Day

It was only later in the day, during afternoon carpool, that things abruptly spun out of control. Literally.

The Power Of A U-Turn

Rabbi Margalit, wanting somehow to soothe the man’s pain, began to respond but the man wouldn’t let him.

Our Symphony

“Don’t say a word,” Mrs. P warned us with a wag of her finger. “Let the kallah think for herself.”

The Day I Missed My Stop

Although I did not know it yet, missing my stop was predestined.

A Big To-Do Over Nothing

I was not going to be the one to point out to her that there had been no reason for her to turn around at all.

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Our reactions range from dismay to shellshock to utter helplessness. In fact, her youngest sister has yet to forgive her for the very unpleasant and unwelcome surprise that greeted us that morning.

In Simcha And In Sadness

I opened my e-mail and for the first time there was an e-mail from her waiting for me.

Take A Really Good Look

The woman next to me leaned even further forward, and soon started to interject comments as I spoke to the couple.

A Cornucopia Of Blessings

My parents knew so much but were never too proud to learn something from their children for whom they provided a proper Jewish education.

Coming Full Circle

In the end, I reluctantly moved into the widow’s home on my own, and somehow managed to pull through, despite my acute disappointment and frustration.

A Night In The Emergency Room: A True Story

I stood up, lurching down the hall, and collided into an old man clutching a pole with in IV bag.

Little Boy Lost

Immediately people went up to him to help him, to find out what the problem was and to solve it as soon as possible.

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