Torah contest on Teamwork

By Gail Hafif In a play, the actors would have a better chance of having an amazing play if all the characters focused, even if they had one line, but said it with confidence, belief, voice, feeling and hope. That would make the play wonderful even if you didn’t have a spotlight. But the main actor should make it a point to recognize all the people who work behind the scene and make the play possible. He should say, “I am sorry you didn’t get so many parts, but if it weren’t for you I wouldn’t have known when to start and what to say, so thank you.”

Jewish Values on Friendship

By Tanya Bukai Sally was the most popular girl in school. She was always in the center of attention and everyone looked up to her. One day Mary, who was not very popular, came in with a beautiful golden set of jewelry. It included a bracelet, watch, ring and a necklace. When everyone saw it, they ran up to her and asked her lots of questions about it. Everyone gave her so many complements, including her best friend Celia. At recess, Celia made her way through the crowd that was around Mary and asked her if she wanted to play jump rope like they always do. Everyone told her not to play because she might dirty her jewelry. Celia walked away sadly and played by herself. The next day, Mary came to school without her jewelry. She thought that, since everyone was her friend, she wouldn’t need the jewelry anymore. Everyone asked her where her jewelry was. She told them she didn’t wear it today. Everyone just walked away. Everyone, except for Celia. Mary kept asking Celia why nobody was her friend anymore. Celia told her that they weren’t her real friends. They were only being her friends because they liked her jewelry. Celia gave Mary a big hug.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Character Building Story on Overcoming Obstacles – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Lior Khalili    There was once a kid in school who often didn’t try new things. A lot of music and sports tryouts were happening in school but he wasn’t interested. One time when he went out to the park he saw his friend’s from school playing basketball. They invited him to their game. As they were playing, they saw that the boy had a great potential in playing basketball. Now, he was interested in going to the basketball tryout. He was lucky that there was a last tryout on Tuesday evening. In the end he got accepted to a team and the coach and other players in the team were proud of him. Don’t stay away from trying new things. Get out of your comfort zone and do your best.

Torah Values on Friendship – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Ruthie Mineh The new school year started and Sarah was new at the yeshiva. She didn’t know anybody in school. She was really shy and thought, “Who will ever be friends with me.” She went to Hebrew class and knew every question that the Hebrew teachers asked. In her school there was a popular girl named Miriam. When she saw Sarah was so smart, she said to her other popular friends, “Hey, why don’t we tell Sarah to be friends with us and everyday we’ll just copy over her homework?” After class, Miriam and her friends came to Sarah and they were all nice to her. Miriam told her to join their group of friends. Sarah joined in and everything was normal for the rest of the day. But, the next day, Miriam and her friends were bossing Sarah around and forcing her to give them her homework. Sarah did, but she didn’t want to. Miriam and her friends kept bossing Sarah around. Sarah heard them talking about her and that they were using her. The next day Sarah completely ignored them. She saw a different girl who she thought was loyal. Her name was Marilyn. Marilyn introduced Sarah to all her friends. Sarah learned to really think before choosing friends.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Stories to Build Friendship – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Jack Katach A bad friend is someone who is using you and laughs at you with other people, – just like Lavan used Eliezer for the gold and wanted to kill him. If a popular kid wanted to be friends with a different kid but not for friendship, just to take money from him, he would say, “I’ll pay you back tomorrow.” That’s not a true friend unless he pays you back.

From the Torah on Friendship – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Michael Kameo A good friend will give me food, play with me during recess. A bad friend would use me for my stuff. A good friend won’t push my buttons, won’t talk behind me back. He would congratulate me when I win and won’t steal my ideas. A good friend would listen to me. We need good friends because it’s not only about gadgets, it’s who you hang out with that matters.

Stories to Build Friendship – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Yosef Ftiha There was once a boy named Michael who was the smartest boy in the grade. He got 100s on his test. One day, a boy in his class named Benny heard that Michael got 100s on his Mishna, Navi and Chumash tests. Benny had a Mishna test coming up. Everybody knew that Benny was not smart. Benny was the coolest guy in the grade. He went to Michael and told him, “Hey, friend, can I come over and study with you? I will put you up in the basketball team. Ok, friend?” They finished studying. Benny went home. The next day, Michael said to Benny, “So, what team am I on?” Benny answered, “Who are you?”

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

 

Stories to Build Friendship – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Victor Faks A sign of a good friend is one who cares for you. If you get hurt, your friend runs to help you. That’s a good friend. Another sign of a good friend is an honest friend. An honest friend doesn’t talk bad about you behind your back and doesn’t lie to you. A good friend is someone who is coming to your house for you, not for your things, someone who likes to hang out with you.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

 

Story with Lesson by Jewish Teen on Resilience – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Sophia Hindy   On a Friday afternoon I was baking muffins. I felt very good and accomplished about it. But when I tasted them, something was wrong. Before I could tell anyone they shouldn’t eat, they already did. They told me it was fine, so I wouldn’t feel bad. But I knew the truth. This didn’t stop me though. I tried a different dessert and it was a big hit. You have to keep trying.