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Rich And Sweet

24 Shevat 5774 – January 24, 2014
I stood there on the steps, rather stunned. I couldn’t believe he was serious; surely this was just a chocolate-obtaining-method of flattery. But I sure wasn’t taking a chance.

A Great Person

10 Shevat 5774 – January 10, 2014
"Fear absolutely no one or nothing but G-d, and love every single Jew no matter who he/she is and no matter what he/she is doing.”


6 Shevat 5774 – January 6, 2014
The voyage is going peacefully A salty tang in the air, But when the storm decides to strike The sailors are unprepared.

The Intruder

25 Tevet 5774 – December 27, 2013
My sister went to take a shower. I really didn’t appreciate being alone. As I waited for my turn to shower, I suddenly heard voices coming from my parents' bedroom, down the dark hallway.

Individuality Is Overrated

Every child wants to "fit in," and not be the “uncool kid." This is why teenagers steal, from a high-end store or a schoolmate. Some kids even get bullied for their appearance. So they just make believe they are too sick and not have to suffer what they call “torture."

One Year Later

18 Tevet 5774 – December 20, 2013
The wind whistled outside my house, as the lights flickered but thankfully didn’t turn completely off. Being in this situation reminded me of the terrible week and a half in late October when my family and community lost all electrical power due to Superstorm Sandy.

‘Hair’ Today, Gone Tomorrow

“Nechama Gitty Shapiro is leaving,” said the secretary, poking her head into the classroom. My classmates all turned towards me and whispered, “Where are you going?”

Connections Built By Disconnections

11 Tevet 5774 – December 13, 2013
I look into the flickering flames of the Shabbos candles and I am thankful for the warmth and light that emanates from them and illuminates our home.

A Week Without A Phone

4 Tevet 5774 – December 6, 2013
Today is day six without a phone. Besides for feeling slightly isolated, it’s not too bad. I’ve been doing things that I know I would not be doing if my phone was sitting next to me, shiny screen beckoning.

Seven To One

27 Kislev 5774 – November 29, 2013
He strengthened his resolve Knew his life he would lose, But when the king uttered the words With great pride he refused.

Am I different from you?

Just like you I too have a soul A soul that is G-dly Just like you. Now my friend I ask you, Am I different from you?

Appreciating The Everyday

20 Kislev 5774 – November 22, 2013
When you wake up in the morning, and see the sunlight streaming into your room, do you say thank you to the One Who deserves thanks the most?

And He Created Man With His Mold…

6 Kislev 5774 – November 8, 2013
Those people. The ones that hang out at the library, or in certain sections of town, walking, talking...

Bubby’s iPad

15 Heshvan 5774 – October 18, 2013
Yossi wanted to scream. His friends in class constantly bragged about the wonders of iPhones, iPods and iPads. It seemed that every guy in school had their own gadget given to him by his “wealthy” parents. Yossi felt he was the only one who didn’t have one, but he pretended he did so as not to be left out.

What is Calling Me?

1 Heshvan 5774 – October 4, 2013
When I was fourteen years old I understood that I might never return to Moscow and live at home with my parents. While I had lived the bulk of my life in Moscow, at the start of high school I was going to assimilate into the American system of education and the world of American teenageism. I was excited.

Come Sit With Me

22 Tishri 5774 – September 25, 2013
At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to use it at all. I had thought the concept was perfect. A rose-colored background, surrounding black encroaching from all sides. It would be a cave of warmth, a hiding place within the darkness.

Thoughts On Tisha B’Av

15 Tishri 5774 – September 18, 2013
17 July I hope you all had an enjoyable and meaningful fast and now sit satisfied and full as you think back to your inspiration. I wanted to share one thing I gained this year.

Walking Up 45 Flights On Shabbat: Being a Jew in Hong Kong

25 Elul 5773 – August 30, 2013
I was entering 3 months in which my connection to my Judaism would be up to me, and I feared I would lose everything.

Letter From A Soldier

18 Elul 5773 – August 23, 2013
Students in the Lubavitch Senior School in London were asked to recreate a historical event. Miriam Ives, age 15, wrote a letter to a newspaper in the guise of a soldier during the Crimean War.

World’s Biggest Rebbetzin… Overnight

11 Elul 5773 – August 16, 2013
I always knew I wanted to be perfect, but it wasn’t until my seminary year that I decided I wanted to be publicly perfect. It was at that point in my life that the imagery of me as a public figure and a rebbetzin was born.

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