By Juliet Nasar When you have a bad day, like you failed a test, or you can’t concentrate on school. What do you do to bounce back or feel better? I go to school and try to get distracted with other things. Then when I come home everything is all better. One other thing I do is I think of the things that Hashem blessed me with like how my family can afford to buy me things, that I have some very good friends that always make me feel better, and that I’m not disabled. If you have someone who is mean or annoying and you can’t get rid of, then you should just change your point of view and think of things that are good about them. Then you should try to bring those good things out and let them shine.
By Lauren Araman A way for me to bounce back is to think of my blessings. I am so lucky to have amazing parents. My mother is always there for me when I am having trouble. I have a caring father, that if I ever have an issue, he will always stick up for me. If I ever get a bad grade, my best friends Jill, Sari and Lauren S. will always be there to tell me, “It’s ok, you’ll do better next time.” I am blessed with so many things and I can never live without them.
By Rena Chaiklin When I am not so happy and kind of sad, I think of all the good things that I have, the things that I am proud of about myself. I think of the time when I had a good laugh with my friends. I think of that what happened to me-that it could’ve been worse. For example, once I came home with my friend and my brother kept following me around. He embarrassed me a lot. He was being very annoying. So, instead of getting angry at him, I kept turning everything around and contradicting everything he said. I changed the subject and made us all laugh.
By Frieda Sasson Sometimes, when people have friends over for a sleepover, the next morning you might want to do netilat yadayim and pray but you are worried about what people will think. You think that they might make fun of you if you pray. But, you shouldn’t think about what other people think when you are doing a mitzvah and doing the right things. But, when you are doing a wrong thing, you should care about what other people think. Don’t fear to do the right thing. Be yourself and that’s all that matters.
By Sophie Greenberg Two girls were out in a park. One was Anastasia and the other, Katie. Anastasia was a very quite girl but sometimes she would try to talk. Katie was always talking; she talked and talked and talked. One time, when Anastasia was talking, Katie came up and interfered in her conversations. But, Anastasia kept on talking. Katie was wondering why Anastasia kept talking. It’s important to have good friends because you have someone you can learn from so you could be a better friend.
By Paulina Cohen Adrianne was at school one day when her friend Grace was walking down the hall and slipped and droped all of the books all over the floor. Adrianne ran to Grace and asked if she was okay. Then, she helped pick up all of the books. The next day, Adrienne was walking in the baseball field when she stepped in a puddle. The mud splashed all over her. Grace and three other friends walked over and started to laugh at Adrianne. Adrianne realized that Grace was not her friend. Why is it important to have a friend? When you have a good friend, you will have someone who will always be by your side.
This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine
By Pearly Hanono Once, my friend was in a horrible mood because she got a bad grade. Everyone was trying to get her in a good mood. No one liked to see her upset. During lunch, she thought to herself, “Wow, look how many people care about me. Look how many people want to make me feel good.” So she thought to herself one bad grade can’t affect me or my life. That one bad grade is like a wake up call to say, “Try harder.” So, she immediately got in a good mood and enjoyed the rest of the day.
By Albert Saadia A great example of honesty is when I am in class and I was talking to someone else and the teacher gets the other person in trouble. I can’t just make the other person get in trouble. I have to be honest and tell the teacher that it was me that was talking and I have to get in trouble instead of him.
By Hersel Chomali Eric had been practicing all week. Today was the day Eric’s team played the undefeated white team. As the game started, Eric had butterflies in his stomach. At half time, the score was 12-19, but Eric was still confident. During the second half white team was winning, but Eric was still confident. At the end Eric’s team lost. But Eric still congratulated his friends and Eric knew he had to practice for the next season.
By Ellen Hakim One time, I was baking brownies for Shabbat. It was my first time baking. When I put it in the over, I left metal spoon in the batter. The spoon melted in the brownies. I didn’t want to bake again, because I thought I would fail. I baked again and now I am a great baker.
By Melanie Ades All her life, Melanie wanted to be on the gymnastics team. That was her main life’s goal. She went to Aerial’s gymnastics every Friday to practice. She asked her coach if she can be on the team one day. Her coach replied, “You can be on the team if you practice more.” Every day, Melanie practiced a little bit more. The next week, she went to gymnastics. She told her coach that she’s been practicing more. “Now let’s see if you can do a back flip off the balance beam,” said coach. She did. Melanie was very excited. She got on the team. The team was having a rivalry against ACC gymnastics. She was nervous. It was her turn to perform. Melanie failed. She fell and embarrassed herself. Everyone on the team started laughing at her, which wasn’t nice sportsmanship. She thought she was never going to do gymnastics again. Melanie wanted to quit the team, but her coach wouldn’t let her. The team was having another face off. It was her turn. She fell again. It was a complete embarrassment. That was it. She quit. Her team was laughing at her thinking that she was never going to do gymnastics. Melanie went on with her life. After a few years, she looked back at the photos that they took of her during her turn. She started to cry. “I can’t give up,” she said. She went back to square one. She knew that she failed the back flip off the balance beam. She just practiced a little more. Instead of just going on Fridays, she went 5 days a week. After a while, she was on the team again. It was her turn. She was nervous. Guess what? She landed it perfectly. Everyone knew that they were wrong. She felt awesome.
This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine
By Irwin Sutton A lot of times when I was in 1-5th grades the teachers would give out tickets to win prizes of extra points on a quiz if I just raised my hand to answer questions. I could’ve gotten so many extra points or tickets for prizes. I was just so nervous that I would’ve gotten the answer wrong that I never raised my hand. In the future, never be afraid to be wrong because most of the time you will probably be right.
By Ofir Zahavi The first inner quality that comes to my mind is patience. With technology today, almost everything is instantaneous or at least expected to be. Just like when someone tries to watch a video, people get frustrated when they wait only an extra minute. Today, people need to remember just how it used to be before our advanced technology. Like when a kid tries to learn how to ride a bike, he can’t get frustrated or else he won’t learn.
By Marlena Cohen Joy has a test right after recess and she knows that Lucy already took the test. Joy walked up to Lucy and said, “Hey, what were the questions that were on the test?” Lucy knows why Joy asked, but she is not going to say because she knows it is wrong. But, what if Joy makes fun of her? What if she will be known as a loser from then on? Lucy was strong so she answered, “Look, I know why you are asking and I don’t think it’s a good idea.” “Why not, who cares? Just tell me the questions and then I will find the answers on my own.” “It’s cheating and I don’t cheat.” “You are such a goody-goody. But, whatever, I will just go ask someone else.” Lucy stared as Joy walked away. Her heart was beating from standing up to Joy. If only more of us would be able to stand up like that.
By Jake Bivas A very embarrassing time in my life was not long ago. When I was about 10 year old, I told myself that I wanted to start playing basketball. I told my parents and they signed me up for a community basketball league. When I played, I always wanted the ball to get passed to me. Whenever I would get the ball passed, I would panic and quickly try to pass it to someone else. I used to always do that. I thought that it was embarrassing. So, I went to practice for about a year. I went to camp that summer. I got a lot better ever since because I kept trying.
By Isaac Cytryn There was a young boy who wanted to learn how to swim. His name was Michael. His father was trying to teach him but Michael couldn’t do it. He tried to do it by himself. He was drowning. His dad went to catch him. His father didn’t want him to do it again. But he did it anyway. He got it. He learned how to swim. Everyone was proud of him, especially his family. He became an amazing swimmier.
By Isaac Alboucai I think the most important inner quality is to have a positive attitude. For example my friend had a really bad day in school. During his first period he lost recess. During the recess, he was in principal’s office. During the next period, he got his test back and found out that he got 73% and was very unhappy with his grade. Then, they posted the basketball team list and he learned that he didn’t make it. The end of the day came and his friend was kicked out of the class and failed for the trimester. Even though the boy himself was having a rough day, he went to his friend’s teacher and defended his friend. This showed that, even though he was having a terrible day, he had a positive attitude and helped his friend.
By Albert Sitt It is very important to identify your hidden talent. When you are picking people for your team, don’t just pick your friends. Pick people who you think would give you the best chance of winning. It is also very important to thank people behind the scenes. When you do this, they will want to help again. If you don’t give them credit, they won’t want to help again. When someone is complimented, they feel good about themselves. When everyone plays together or works together, it will be fun unlike when your team is fighting and don’t get along very well.
By Linda Gammal In the beginning of the year, I forgot a lot about keriah and how to read it. When I was finally in keriah class, I was called on and I froze. The teacher has asked me to read. I started at a slow pace and then I got faster and faster. I realized that the more I read, the better I got. I had nothing to be afraid from.
By Daniel Braha One day, I was with my friends. They all had penny boards. I said to myself, “That looks cool.” So, I asked my dad if I can have one and he said, “Yes.” I was so excited. All of my friends were outside my house with their skateboards. I rushed out the door to show my skateboard to them. We went riding. We started to ride and right away I fell off. From then on I knew, I wasn’t that good, because they were laughing at me. I thought about that and said to myself that if I tried I would be a great rider. So, I was practicing, but I couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. One time, I tried to put my feet n a different direction and the first thing I knew, I was riding. The next day, I was riding with my friends. I was doing great. After a few months went by I was the best rider.
By Linda Gammal Lauren, a new girl moved from Brooklyn to Deal. She didn’t know anyone and she also had speech problems. When she came to school, she forgot about the dress code and everyone laughed. When she was walking down the long hallway, she went to say, “Hi” to some girls, but it didn’t come out as expected. She was nervous, so her speech problem became bigger. Lauren tried so hard. She even practiced saying the simplest things. She tried again, to say easy words, so when they come out of her moth, it wouldn’t be weird. But it didn’t’ work. She cried every night because of this. An idea came to her, as her phone beeped. She got everyone’s numbers in the grade and told them her story. When the next day came, everyone said sorry for laughing and offered to show her around the school. She also met a girl just like her. They became best friends. She learned not to give and the girls in the grade also learned not to judge people unless you know their real story.
By Claire Salem Once there was a girl who wanted to become a baker. But she kept on failing. She kept telling herself, “I can do it. I am not a failure.” She kept on baking, because she loved to bake. She never gave up. One day, her mom asked her, “Why don’t you do a bake sale? Your deserts are great.” She said, “I will try.” She tried her hardest and when the bake sale came, everyone loved her deserts and wanted to buy more. She was so happy. She grew up to be a professional baker. She convinced everyone not to give up on their dreams.
By Juliet Nasar Abigail’s dream was to get into Harvard Law School. She was very smart. When it came time to take the SAT’s she was very nervous. She was so nervous, that she couldn’t think straight and got a very bad mark. She was very depressed. Some time later she took the SATs again. This time she learned that she shouldn’t be too nervous. So, she took a deep breath and began the test. This time she got a very good grade and is now in her third year of Harvard Law School. This story shows that you should never give up and learn from your mistakes.
By Rena Chaiklen You have an assignment in one of your classes to write a story. You have a really great idea and work very hard to write it. When you get to school the day that it’s due, you are very confident and happy with your story. You go around showing it to everyone and telling them to read it. When you hand it in, you tell the teacher, “I think I did well.” When you get it back, you get a very bad grade. Everyone is very happy with their grades and is asking you what you got. You tell them, sadly, that you did badly. And you’re very embarrassed. The next time you get assigned to write a story, at first you’re upset, because last time you did badly. When you get home instead of just writing anything, because you think you’re a bad writer, you put your all into the story. You do things differently than you did before, and you come up with a better story. This time you get the highest grade.
By Abe Mavorah My goal in life is to become an awesome basketball player. I really want to be like Lebron James. Even though I miss a lot of shots, I keep on trying to reach my goal, so I can become successful in life. If Lebron misses a shot he still tries harder every time he gets the ball, just like I do. The only thing that Lebron did that I would never do is drop out of high school. If he misses a shot his teammates might get mad, so he ignores them, just like if my teammates get mad I ignore them.
By Lauren Araman Mary was nervous. She walked on stage in her purple dress. It was happening. She was singing perfectly and hitting every small note. When it was time for her to really stretch a note, she choked. Everyone stared in shock. She just went along and forgot that it happened. When it came time for the second high note, she hit it. It was perfect. This is just to show that you should never give up. She could have stopped and cried, but she didn’t. She continued on and didn’t quit.
By Arlette Cojab Caroline glided onto the ice at her rink. Her friend Madison was right behind her. Caroline invited Madison because today was an important day. Today was the day Caroline would try an Axel jump in front of her ice skating instructor. An Axel jump is a jump where you push yourself off the ice, spin one and a half times in the air and land gracefully on one foot. You’re supposed to push off with your left foot and land on your right. Caroline had trouble with that, but she practiced a lot. She skated over to her instructor who was waving her over. “Go on, show me,” she said smiling. Caroline took a deep breath, she gained speed and jumped. The push didn’t give her enough speed. She fell. She was sad and started crying. She wasn’t hurt but she failed. She never wanted to skate again. The next lesson her instructor said, “Go on, jump.” Caroline stared at her, “Do you mean it? After the last time?” The instructor said, “Try.” Caroline gained speed, pushed off with the other foot this time. That did the trick, her turns were perfect, and her landing was smooth. She hugged her instructor. She did it. She finally did it.
By Lizzy Nasar There was a girl named Esther. She loved to play basketball. In fact, after homework, every day, she would play. One day in school there was an announcement. “Girls, basketball tryouts are next week in the gym.” Esther thought that she should try out. She asked her friends Rachel and Laya if they were trying out. Rachel and Laya told Esther, “Yes, we’re so excited! Are you trying out?” Esther said, “Yes, I’m excited too!” Esther went home that day and told her mom, “I’m going to try out for the basketball team next week.” Esther’s mom said, “Wow that’s great. You should practice.” Esther went to practice. It was next week and Esther went to try out with her friends. When they announced who was on the team, they didn’t say Esther’s name. She was so sad. Next year, Esther tried again and she got in. This shows that if you fail, practice and practice. You will definitely succeed.
By Lizzy Nasar All her life, Melanie wanted to be on the gymnastics team. That was her main life’s goal. She went to Aerial’s gymnastics every Friday, to practice. She asked her coach if she can be on the team one day. Her coach replied, “You can be on the team, if you practice more. “ Every day, Melanie practiced a little bit more. Next week, she went to gymnastics. She told her coach that she’s been practicing more. “Now let’s see if you can do a back flip off the balance beam,” said coach. She did. Melanie was very excited. She got on the team. The team was having a rivalry against ACC gymnastics. She was nervous. It was her turn to perform. Melanie failed. She fell and embarrassed herself. Everyone on the team started laughing at her, which wasn’t such a nice sportsmanship. She thought she was never going to do gymnastics again. Melanie wanted to quit the team, but her coach wouldn’t let her. The team was having another face off. It was her turn. She fell again. It was a complete embarrassment. That was it. She quit. Her team was laughing at her thinking that she was never going to do gymnastics. Melanie went on with her life. After a few years, she looked back at the photos that they took of her during her turn. She started to cry, “I can’t give up.” She said she went back to square one. She knew that she failed the back flip off the balance beam. She just practiced a little more. Instead of just going on Fridays, she went 5 days a week. After a while she was on the team again. It was her turn. She was nervous. Guess what? She landed it perfectly. Everyone knew that they were wrong. She felt awesome.
By Joe Betesh I have experienced many embarrassing moments in my life. One that really sticks out has to be when I started to make videos. Starting out, I made videos that were horrible. Kids made fun of me and told me that I should give up. Instead of listening to them, I worked even harder and tried new techniques. After months of hard work, I finally created a video that everyone loved and cherished. The moral of the this story is to never give up and to always work harder that the last time.
By Esther Sutton Two girls stood behind the curtain at their ballet recital. “I’m next. I can’t do it. I just can’t,” one girl said to another. Her friend responded, “Of course you can. What is stopping you?” “Don’t you remember last year’s show? I tripped and fell and what if it happens again? I ruined it for everyone last time and I don’t want that to happen again,” she explained. Her friend responded, “I think what you lacked was confidence. You’re just afraid of messing up again. But the most amazing people faced challenges. You’ll never improve if you don’t face challenges. The girl responded with a smile and said, “You’re right. I won’t make same mistake again. I just need confidence.” There was an announcement for the next contestant. Her friend quickly said, “You can do it. I believe you can and you believe you can. Now say,”I can.” The girl repeated, “I can,” as she walked on stage and shined with her amazing confidence. She ran off stage back to her friends who was waiting to tell her, “I knew you could. You just needed to believe it yourself.
By Teera Ades One day, Adina was in gymnastics class. She was with all of her friends. She was always behind on what they were learning. Her goal was to do cart wheel on the balance bean. While she was trying to do a cart wheel on the balance bean, she fell. All of her friends laughed at her and told her she wasn’t good enough for their gymnastics class. She went home and told her mom, “Everybody laughed at me and said I shouldn’t be in their gymnastics class.” Her mom said, “Keep on trying.” Adina told herself, “I will do a cartwheel on the balance bean.” She practiced and practiced at her house until she knew how to do it best. Next week, she went to gymnastics. She showed all of her friends how she cart wheels on the balance bean. Her friends were impressed and took back what they had said about her.