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The Jewish Writing Project · 1W ago

This Evening

by Sarah Lamstein (Newton, MA) The house is filled with the smell of baking challah. My daughter sings night songs in her bed. The loaves expand slowly in the oven. Generation, generations, ...
The Jewish Writing Project · 2W ago

Look to the Sky

by Toba Abramczyk (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) When I was a small child, my dad, a Holocaust survivor,  used to take me over to the window and ask me to look to the sky. He would take my broth...
The Jewish Writing Project · 3W ago

Facing The Wilderness

by Jacqueline Jules (Arlington, VA) Twelve scouts went into Canaan. Ten saw giants too big to fight while two saw grapes too big to carry. “We are like grasshoppers in the land,” the ten cri...
The Jewish Writing Project · 4W ago

At the Butcher’s

by Janet R. Kirchheimer (New York, NY) Take a number please, the dispenser reads at the butcher’s. I take one and wait in line. It’s before Shabbos, everyone is rushed, people pushing or bei...
The Jewish Writing Project · 1M ago

The Chametz Boys

by Chaim Weinstein (Brooklyn, NY) When I was 11, I was the only one of my neighborhood friends who went to yeshivah. They all attended public school and then went to the Talmud Torah on Hend...
The Jewish Writing Project · 1M ago

Regarding Passover

by Mel Glenn (Brooklyn, NY) I recently learned from my religious friend, Chaim, that “seder” means “order”. He has no way of knowing what passed for Passover at my house when I was too young...
The Jewish Writing Project · 2M ago

A Paris Odyssey

  by Janice L. Booker (Malibu, CA) Suzanne’s parents had moved to Paris in the 1930s as a young married couple from Ukraine.  Mr. P. was a barber and opened a shop on a busy Paris street.  T...
The Jewish Writing Project · 2M ago

The Old Man and the Tortoise

by Ellen Norman Stern (Willow Grove, PA)  Whenever I think of Olivaer Platz, I remember the old man and his tortoise. A picture of him remains in my mind and brings up a complete memory of a...
The Jewish Writing Project · 3M ago

Vienna – 1938

by Mel Glenn (Brooklyn, NY) It was like speaking to my mother, my mother who has been dead for 14 years. Invited to dinner, I sat next to Renee, an elegant woman of advanced years. She looke...
The Jewish Writing Project · 3M ago

Come in, Come in

Brad Jacobson (Columbia, MO) Walking by the Kotel Rabbi Machlis calls out to the Kenyan and Chinese tourists, Shabbat Shalom, Shabbat Shalom! Yesterday two soldiers were stabbed here in the ...