Jewish Values on Friendship – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Elena Betesh If you are new in town and you are not comfortable, a good friend would walk up to you and say, “Hi” or, “Do you need help?” That’s a good friend. Sometimes, you think that you have a good friend but then you hear them talking about you behind your back and, even when she sees you, she keeps talking and laughing at you. That’s a bad friend. If you got into a fight with your friend and you fall and get hurt and no one helped you but your friend that you were fighting with, that shows that she is really a good friend who cared about you even in a fight.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Finding success after failure

By Jake Shalom   My main goal right now is to be a good basketball player. I’m pretty good at basketball, but I can work at many things to make myself that much better. I was once in a basketball league and we went to the finals. We were down by 1 point and it was our ball. I took the ball and took the last shot. I wasn’t even close. My teammates were very angry at the shot I took and I got very embarrassed. When I got home, I thought I was the worst basketball player and I never wanted to play the game again. That is the wrong attitude in life. Just because you missed one shot does not mean you have to quit. Especially at something that you love and that you are very dedicated to. The correct attitude in this situation is to keep working hard and not to let that one shot bother you. In the future, you will be faced with many situations like that, but this time maybe you will actually hit that shot and be a hero.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

What you lose by playing it too safe – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Danielle Ammar  Fear. What is it? It’s that voice in your head that doesn’t want you to challenge yourself or doesn’t want you to be yourself. For example, anorexic people just get skinnier and skinnier. Why? Some people might ask how they can starve themselves when they were beautiful already and how can they keep getting skinnier. They’re skinny enough. These people are anorexic because of fear. Fear that they won’t be accepted by other people and the fear of being fat. After a while, that voice of fear will become their ‘friend’ and they won’t stop. Another example is when someone doesn’t like to tell “no” to others. After a while, people will use that person. She needs to learn to be able to say “no” and still be good friends. Fear is a lack of confidence. Everyone is insecure in some way but you need to find a way to grasp even a glimpse of confidence. Confidence means overcoming fear and that’s what you have to do.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine