Jewish Values on Teamwork

By Eddie Sutton It was the fourth quarter 3 minutes left a player names Jacob was on the bench. So far the players make it 35-31 the other team was winning and it was 1:30 seconds left. Jacob was getting mad because he thought he was going to play, then coach said Jacob go in the game. So Jacob got up and went into the game. By the time he got in to the game it was 39-35. The other team with 33 seconds, our team was getting mad and they were going down the court. So, the point guard passed it to Jacob with 15 seconds left. Jacob caught the ball dribbled and dribbled and waited for the perfect moment than it was 5, 4, 3, 2, Jacob shot the ball. From the 3 pointer the ball was bouncing then it went in. While he shot the ball he got fouled so he went to the foul line with 7 seconds left he hit the foul shot so now it’s 35-35. Then they went into overtime so Jacob stayed in and then scored 4 points and they won. After the game the whole team jumped on Jacob. We were all surprised.

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By Esther Dweck My friend was the writer of the play that our school was producing. The writing was wonderful and everybody who heard them loved it and was excited to come see the play on the opening night. The people in the play rehearsed and loved doing it. On the opening night before they started the play, the lead actress said she needed everyone’s attention. When the room got quiet she started to speak. She said, “Can I have a round of applause for my friend who wrote the play?” Everyone was clapping. My friend was so happy. When the play was over, my friend continued to write very good plays that everyone loved.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Motivational Essay about Overcoming Challenges – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Florence D. In life, there will be many challenged thrown at us, but it is our job to overcome them. Last year a friend of mine hurt my feelings and did something unforgivable. This was a very hard obstacle for me to overcome. I am sure that most girls fight with their friends and then bounce back days later, but this was different. We didn’t speak for weeks and acted like strangers. We both acted like we never even knew each other. Finally, I decided I had enough. I confronted my friend and showed her my perspective. She understood why I was upset and apologized. I know this doesn’t seem like such a large obstacle, but at the time it was my only obstacle. My friend and I are now closer than ever. It is very important to bounce back, even if we fail or are faced with a challenge, we should try our hardest to succeed and overcome it.

Inspirational Essay Learning from Your Mistakes – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Sol B. Making mistakes is part of life and the reason for most people’s success. I’ve endured many failures, but one in particular stands out. It was a freshman year and I had to take my first global test in high school. That night, I studied as much as I thought was enough to succeed. The next morning as I started taking the test, it downed on me, I didn’t study hard enough. As a result I failed. So, I set a goal for myself to study as much as I possibly could. I made review sheet, index cards and memorized all my notes. It was all worth it because I ended up getting a 95! The lesson that many forget is, if you never fail you will never learn your faults. Failure equals success, it’s just that simple.

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By Barbara Beyda     One summer all my friends went to a sleep away camp. I didn’t really want to go. So, my closest friends and I decided not to go to sleep away. We went to a different camp together. It ended up being the best summer ever. I would have never went to this camp if I didn’t take a risk. I would have been unhappy in a random camp but I took the risk. Have I not takes the risk I wouldn’t have this amazing summer. Even small risks that you can take on a daily basis and go a little out of your comfort zone, this can make a big difference in your life.

 

Finding success after failure in friendship – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Ruthie Gindi   There was once a girl who left all of her friends for the summer to go to a sleep away camp. She risked losing all her friends to try to make new friends in sleep away camp. At first, she had a hard time fitting in. She felt uncomfortable around those girls. She thought she probably made one of the biggest mistakes choosing to leave her friends. As the weeks went by, she started getting more comfortable around these girls and eventually became best friends with all of them. If she didn’t take the risk of leaving her old friends behind, then she wouldn’t have met her new friends that she has today.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Commit to your goals and don’t give up – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Elliot Beyda  My goal as a high school student is to reach my potential as a student. I know that I can do much better in school. But, one of the reasons I am not doing as well as I should is because I am lazy. One of the goals I set for myself is to do homework on time right when I get home. I usually get home, eat dinner, watch TV and avoid doing homework at all costs. The hardest part about doing homework is actually starting. Once you start the homework, you can get into a flow and finish your assignment with a smile on your face. The best feeling in the world is finishing something that you worked extremely hard on and getting a good grade on it. The key to doing well in school is to work hard which, even though seems like a challenge, once you start the rest is a breeze.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Jewish Values on Learning from Mistakes – CLICK TO COMMENT

By David Maimon     In 6th grade a young boy loved to play basketball. He loved the game so much and tryouts were coming up for the school team. It was all his friends were talking about for months. Everyone were confidence they would make the team, but this young boy was not. So, because of his fear of failing, the boy never tried out. He never knew if he would make the team. Now, while he was sitting at home, his friends were having fun on the team.

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By Rachel Russo This past year, when we were assigned a science project, I was given a group of girls that had all different talents. One person knew how to draw, one person knew how to type, one person knew how to sculpt, and one person was very organized. Since everyone knew how to do something different, we were very organized. We combined our talents and made it a success. Since I just knew a lot about our topic so I helped write and plan the project and our project ended up getting an “A” since we all worked together with our different talents.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Torah Perspective on Facebook – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Yisrael Meir Ovadia If a person is pressured by social media, their friends aren’t true and real. For example, if someone has a Facebook account and they post a picture of his friend to look cool, and he just wants people to like him. Another example someone is cool gets an app on his tablet, then everyone else wants that app even it it’s the most boring game ever. If a cool person likes one type of music, then everyone follows him and they don’t search for the music they actually like.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Torah Values on Teamwork – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Gabrielle Harari There was a girl named Sara who was the head of the play. Sara needed to find three more people to be in her play. Sara didn’t want to pick the popular girl as the lead role just because she is pretty. Sara needed to see how she acts and sings. It turned out that the popular girl wasn’t a good singer or actress. When Sara told the popular girl that she didn’t get the lead, she was so angry that she said, “If it’s not me, then who is it? “Miss shy” or “miss ugly”? Sara gave the shy girl a chance and she was a fabulous singer. She just needed to believe in herself. Then, Sara gave the “miss ugly” a chance and she was an amazing actress. When she gave ‘miss popular’ a chance, she wasn’t good at all at either singing or acting. So, that shows that Sara didn’t judge by the looks. She dug deep and found the inner soul of those 2 girls.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Kids Stories on Secret Act of Kindness – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Susan Ezon  One day a girl that I wasn’t really friends with was crying. I went up to her and asked what happened. She said, “Nothing.” I knew it had to be something. I asked her again, “Please tell me, maybe I can help you?” She said, “Can you promise you won’t tell anyone? This is what she said, “Someone is bulling me and making fun of me.” The next day I saw who it was and we told her to stop, but she didn’t. We told a teacher, who told the principal and they had a meeting between her and the person that was bulling her. She said, “Wait. I need someone to be with me. The only person that really tried to help me.” That was me. The bully saw what she did wrong and now the three of us are best friends.

Jewish Core Values on Persistence – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Sol B. Making mistakes is part of life and the reason for most people’s success. I’ve endured many failures, but one in particular stands out. It was a freshman year and I had to take my first global test in high school. That night, I studied as much as I thought was enough to succeed. The next morning as I started taking the test, it downed on me, I didn’t study hard enough. As a result I failed. So, I set a goal for myself to study as much as I possibly could. I made review sheet, index cards and memorized all my notes. It was all worth it because I ended up getting a 95! The lesson that many forget is, if you never fail you will never learn your faults. Failure equals success, it’s just that simple.

From the Torah How to Be Resilient – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Florence D.  In life, there will be many challenged thrown at us, but it is our job to overcome them. Last year a friend of mine hurt my feelings and did something unforgivable. This was a very hard obstacle for me to overcome. I am sure that most girls fight with their friends and then bounce back days later, but this was different. We didn’t speak for weeks and acted like strangers. We both acted like we never even knew each other. Finally, I decided I had enough. I confronted my friend and showed her my perspective. She understood why I was upset and apologized. I know this doesn’t seem like such a large obstacle, but at the time it was my only obstacle. My friend and I are now closer than ever. It is very important to bounce back, even if we fail or are faced with a challenge, we should try our hardest to succeed and overcome it.