Jewish Values on Friendship – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Victor Fteha  One of my friends is Joshua. Joshua has all the qualities of a good friend, from sharing to honesty. When we play Xbox in his house, he lets me choose if we should play NHL or not. Another friend, Morris, teaches me how to play basketball. I’ve improved from his advice. Teddy lets me play football with him every day in recess. Even if I miss a couple of passes, he says, “Don’t worry!” He never lies to me about who is on the 3 way calling. That’s what makes someone a good friend.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Never give up. Don’t quit. – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Victor Fteha  Perseverance can prove useful during childhood in several ways. For example, I once received an unusual grade in Jewish History. It was the lowest mark I got my whole life. Instead of pondering about it uselessly, I pledged upon myself that I would study hard for my upcoming tests ­particularly Jewish History, my weakness. To my disbelief, my countless efforts earned me a 112. That was actually the highest mark I got this year. It seemed evident to me for the first time that my great determination and persistence could elevate my performance and influence my skill.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Stories That Build Courage – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Estelle Saad    There was once a girl who never tried anything new. She would never talk to anyone else than the girls she knew all the life. When she went to a new school, she was forced to make new friends and try new things. She joined many teams and made so many friends. She was glad that she stepped out of her comfort zone and wished she had tried it before. Don’t wait for an opportunity to knock on your door. You should knock on theirs.

Stories to Build Friendship – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Rebecca Greenstein When you take advantage of someone you don’t have a real friend. You might feel cool for having a rich and the most popular girl as a friend. But, to everyone else, you are not really cool. You are using someone. When everyone finds out that you used her, you are not going to have any friends. No one is going to want to hang out with you again.

From the Torah on Teamwork – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Cookie Cohen A costume designer Randy was chosen to design the costumes for the cast. Randy did a lot of work. She spent hours and hours designing it. When the day of the play came everyone loved the costumes. The star of the play said to give it up to our costume designer Randy. Randy loved the attention. She loved that she got the credit for all her hard work. The point of this story is when someone works hard on something they should get a lot of credit.

Character Building Story – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Merle Dweck     Hands trembling, eyes darting from side to side. Uncertainty washed over me like rain on a stormy day. “What do I do?” I whispered quietly under my breath. I have to convince myself. But, what if I don’t? My heart beats faster even thinking about it. “No,” I tell myself steamily. Anticipation rushes through my blood just thinking about it. Is it the pressure? Absolutely not. I convince myself. This is for me. Am I willing to take the risk? Were all those precautions just papers whisking away in the wind, mocking all those cursed with plaque of uncertainty? I know my answer. I have to turn my back on the temptation. I have to take one step away. Relief, replace the anticipation. The rain cloud over my head disappears. The temptation is chased.

Teen Stories to Build Resilience – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Cookie Cohen  Cindy wanted to lose weight. Cindy made a commitment to herself that she would lose weight. Cindy tried and tried. One day during lunch time there was her favorite lunch on the menu. Cindy told herself not to eat and she saw all of her friends eating her favorite lunch. She said to herself one little bite won’t kill anyone. But, she told herself, “No, you have to stick to your diet. You will feel good about yourself.” Cindy did just that and she lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks. Even though she wanted her favorite food, she stuck to her diet and she is glad that she did.