torah contest on friendship

By Sarah Tawil There was a new girl in school. Her name is Jen. Every day, she would walk to school alone. One day, her parents won the lottery and it was all over the school. All of a sudden, everyone ran to her and wanted to be her friend. After a few days, she realized that everyone was using her. But, there was one girl who liked Jen even before she won the lottery, but was too shy to talk to her. The next day, Jen told everyone that her parents lost the money. She wanted to see if people would still talk to her. But, not one person talked to her, just that shy girl. After that, Jen became friends with the shy girl. She saw clearly who was a good friend and who was a fake friend.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

torah-contest on building courage

By Rochelle Menahem I was in science class and my teacher asked a question. I was so confident to answer it. My teacher called on me and I was so confident to answer it. I said it and got it wrong. I was so embarrassed. So, for a few days I didn’t raise my hand for anything. Then I realized that on my report card it’s going to say “Didn’t participate in class.” So, I started raising my hand. And even if I got something wrong, I didn’t stop. I ended up getting “Very Good Participation” on my report card.

Jewish Values on Facebook

By Bobby Matalon Did you ever have a real friend? Well, Facebook tricks your mind. Facebook makes you believe that, if you get “Friended,” it means you got a friend. But, while you think you have friends, you don’t know them in real life. Maybe the reason you got friended is because the person who friended is saying, “Oh look. If I friend this popular guy, then he’ll friend me and because he friended me everyone will friend me. That’s how people think on Facebook. Most of the time people who friend you on Facebook are fake. They are just using you to get followers.

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Jewish Values on Friendship

By Clarisse Cohen “Help me,” Alison said acting all nervous. “Alexis, I didn’t do my homework,” Alison said. Alison rushed to Alexis and said, “Please help me.” Alexis knew it was Alison’s first time not doing homework so she gave her the worksheet. One week later, Alexis forgot to write down her homework. The next day, she asked Alison if she can copy the questions on the worksheet she forgot to do. Alison said, “No.” Alexis said, “It’s only one time,” while her face turned red as a watermelon. “No,” Alison said repeating it over and over.

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Jewish Values on Positive Attitude

By Sarit Hara I am always sad because I am not talented. But, I tried lots of things such as art, knitting, swimming, basketball, football, gymnastics and doing nails. So, one day my aunt came and asked me to do her hair. I said, “I am not good at it.” She said, “Just try.” So, I did and it came out beautiful. I realized that it was always there for me. I have a talent. It’s all from Hashem. If you can’t find what you are good at, you should never give up because you are going to find it.

Jewish Stories on Self Control

By Sophia Hindy Always on Shabbat I love to look my best. So I always iron my hair . I started noticing that I had dead ends in my hair. My sister told me, “If you keep on ironing you hair will be rough and dry”. I told her to hide the iron from my. But, she said, “No, I want you to have self control. I am not always going to be here to stop you.” From then on I stopped.

Stories to Build Friendship

By Charlie Chera   Chaim’s Bar Mitzvah was in two days. But, he didn’t know how to read the Torah. He went to his best friend Yaakov. “Yaakov, can you help me with taamim?” Yaakov said, “Sorry, I can’t.” Chaim was disappointed. He went to this boy, named Meir. Chaim didn’t like Meir because he wasn’t good at sports. Chaim was desperate so he had to ask him to help with taamim. He said, “Meir, you are smart and cool. So, I want to know if you want to teach me taamim. Meir said, “Yes. Please come over my house and we’ll work on it.” Chaim went to his house. He learned it. They day of his bar mitzvah he read the torah great. He didn’t forget anything. He felt great. Everybody asked him, “Who taught you taamim?” Chaim answered, “I taught myself.” When Meir heard this he was very upset. Meir had taught Chaim so well and Chaim took all the credit. You should never take advantage of anybody. Sooner or later, people will find out how Chaim lied. You should never lie. If you lie, eventually you will never have any friends.

Jewish Values on Friendship

By Michelle Saka One day, Jacqueline was getting bullied a lot. When Shelly was eating her snack she suddenly paused and said, “Stop.” Shelly walked down the street with Jacqueline. As they were walking Jacqueline said, “Boy am I hungry.” “Well, here, I have some money,” said Shelly. “Let’s go to the ice cream truck, its right by the playground.” “Ok,” Jacqueline replied. The next day Shelly was very hungry and she had no money for any food. “Jacqueline, can I please have some snack?” “No! NO! NO!” replied Jacqueline. “Why not? I gave you yesterday,” replied Shelly. “Well, no,” insisted Jacqueline. Shelly was thinking to herself, “Wow, I can’t believe that she used me like that. Shelly started to cry.

Torah Values on Teamwork

By Marielle Marcos There is a shy girl in my class. She has a hidden talent of writing. I know that she spent so much time writing the play and making it the best. At the end of the play, when we introduced to the audience the people in the play, I took the writer of the play and introduced her. I announced that she wrote the whole play. Everyone was clapping for her. That day she was asked to write every play of the year. You should always compliments people with hidden talent because if you don’t they are never going to do what they are truly good at again.

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Stories to Build Friendship

By Esther Maleh One day, I was playing in recess. Then I fell and I couldn’t get up. No one was around me. Someone saw me and she ran to me. She asked me if I was ok. She also took me up to the nurse from recess. That’s called a good friend. Someone is showing off their stuff and she never liked you. Then, one day, you have something very cool she comes up to you and wants to be your friend, all of a sudden. That means she is trying to use you so she could have the cool things. That’s called a bad friend.

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Stories to Build Friendship

By Daniel Tawil Jacob wanted snack from Liam. Jacob became friendly with Liam, so he can have snack. Liam gave snack to Jacob and Jacob was nice to Liam. The next day Jacob was organizing a league. Liam came over thinking, he made Jacob his friend, and asked Jacob if he could play. Jacob said to Liam, “No.” Liam realized that Jacob blinded him of reality. Jacob was a person who takes and takes and never gives. Jacob should have let Liam play and make Liam his friend and not take advantage of him. Jacob was the one suffering, because he doesn’t know how to be a real friend.

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.

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By Nissim Khafif A good friend is someone who cares about you. He wants you to come over. He is loyal and honest. A bad friend is someone who hurts you; someone who is a sketch friend. He only wants your answers for the test but, right after the test, doesn’t even talk to you.

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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.

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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.

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By Cerise Rishty Arielle had money to buy lunch. Mary forgot her money at home. Arielle had extra money left over. Mary went up to her and asked her if she could give her some money, so she could buy lunch. Arielle said, “Sure.” The next day Arielle left her money at home. But, Mary remembered to bring hers. When Arielle asked if she could burrow money, Mary said, “No.”

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By Nathan Botton There is someone in the grade who is rich. He has a big house and lots of fun video games. There is another boy who is not rich and does not have any video games. The boy wanted to be the rich boy’s friend just so he could go to the house and play the video games. One day, the rich boy didn’t bring snack and the other boy did. The boy thought, if I give him my snack, he will invite me over to his house. And he gave his snack to the wealthy kid. He said, “Do you want my snack?” The other boy said, “Yes. Thanks. Do you want to come over?” The manipulator is smart. But, he is missing the true joy of having a friend. The manipulator doesn’t have anyone to cheer him up when he is down. A sign of a good friend is when he is happy for you, not jealous. If a boy won a contest the other boy should be happy for him, inside as well as his expressions on the outside. He would not be angry or jealous that his friend beat him in a contest and won the prize. Also, a sign of a good friend is when they get into fight they forgive and forget quickly. If they get in a fight they don’t make a big deal about it.

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By Patty Shrem There was a girl who was the director and the head of the play. But, she didn’t know how to act so well. So, she gave acting part to someone else, who wasn’t poplar. The unpopular girl was really good. After the play was over the popular girl told the unpopular girl, “You were really good. You should be in a lot of other plays.” The girl felt good and comfortable with herself even since.

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By Jacob Rishty Imagine yourself being the leader or a captain of a group to work on a bridge for a class. Your team is: you, your best friend, another friend, and two other boys from your class. You want to be appreciated but not to be selfish. So, you try to include everyone’s hidden talents. But, you only know your best friend’s hidden talent. Now, you need to find out everyone else’s hidden talent. You try to hang out with everyone else and you find their hidden talents. When the teacher says everyone get in your groups, you and your group do just that. Everyone is waiting for you to tell them what they are doing. You tell them what you have decided. None of them are unhappy with his part. They are all happy that they have the part that they wanted. In the end, the teacher smiles at your group knowing that we all got along. Your group got an A+. Without my team, I would’ve gotten an “F”. But, thanks to my team, we got an A+.

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By Jack Mosseri One day, Yitzchak had a huge party. Yosef didn’t get invited. Yosef asked Yitzchak, “Can I come to your birthday party?” Yitzchak said, “Yes.” The day of Yitzchak’s birthday everyone said, “Yosef, why are you here? You weren’t invited.” “No,” said Yosef. “Yitzchak invited me.” All of Yitzchak’s friends asked Yitzchak, “Why did you invite Yosef?” “What are you guys saying? I didn’t invite him,” Yitzchak answered. “Yosef is so bad at basketball and he never ever will be my friend.” Yosef heard this and said, “What are you saying? You invited me yesterday because I helped you with your homework.” If someone takes advantage of you, he thinks he is the winner. But, he is really the looser.

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By Vico Mizrahi I like a friend who accepts me for who I am. I don’t want a friend who wants me to be someone I am not. A real friend is someone who likes you for who you are. When someone takes advantage of people, in the end of the day he feels bad. He doesn’t have any friends. He doesn’t experience a good friendship. Every person needs a friend who can respect them.

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By Betty Ghgonoja  I remember when I broke my finger. It was on a Saturday night. My finger looked like a mountain. But, I knew that this is what Hashem wants. When I got to the hospital, I went into the emergency room. I realized that there are a lot of people who were there, too, and Hashem also wanted them there. So, when I was waiting for my turn, I saw a mom come in and something was wrong with her son. He was breathing funny. When they let him go before me, I thought in my head, “Baruch Hashem, my situation isn’t that serious.” After everything was happy with the results, my finger got fixed.

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By Shyrelle Pesso I have a goal to be a better chazanit. When I was in second grade I was the class chazanit. I was so shy that i was mumbling and I was being laughed at. Now that I am older, I told myself that I grew up and that was a long time ago. Now, I will do it with confidence. I try to learn from my mistakes, because if I don’t learn from my mistakes then I won’t know what I did wrong.

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By Natalie Blas There was a girl that wanted to learn how to be a hair stylist, but she couldn’t. She tried so hard but she would always make a mistake. She thought to herself, “Should I give up because I keep on failing?” Then she said, “If I give up, people will say, “She is a loser.” So she tried the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th time, then finally she got it.

Jewish Values on Friendship – CLICK TO COMMENT

By David Saka You have a friends and he helped you with your homework. He helps you for a long time because he cares about you. You are out for lunch. Two people ask you for money. First friend is your best friend. Second friend helped you. If you give money to your best friend, than you didn’t pay back to the friend who helped you.
A good friend is someone who cares about you, understands you, and doesn’t judge you. He is caring, giving. You have a test coming up after lunch. Your friend knows that you don’t understand the material for the test. He is very nice and he helps you out during lunch. You benefit from having true friendship because you have someone to rely on and someone to play with.

How to Have Courage

By Marlenn Sabbagh Sarah is a young girl who is afraid for any amusement park or roller coaster. She was 6, now she is 8, when her fear started. One day, Sarah’s best friends, Ana and Jane, came over to her house. Right away Ana said, “Hi, do you guys want to come with my mom and I to Six Flags?” “Sure,” relied Jane. Sarah knew that they would only go with her and knew that they loved rides but unfortunately for Sarah they girls didn’t know about her hidden secret and she wasn’t planning on telling them now. “Okay, let’s go.” Sarah said in a nervous way.

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By Victor Sardar A good friend and a bad friend are totally different. Good friends are people who are nice. One time, I went to my cousin. We went together to our friends. I am not as good of a sports player as other kids. They let only the best kids play. My cousin was part of them and I wasn’t. He was so nice to me. He wasn’t playing because I wasn’t playing. A bad friend is a person who, when he sees people he knows, he starts acting not like himself. One time, I was in the park with my friend. He was acting all cool around the cool kids and left me behind. That’s when I knew he was a bad friend. People use each other to fit in. People want to be like other people so much that they end up being mean towards others.

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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.

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By Sophia Kastika Sarah’s goal is to become a fashion designer. She designed a dress for her friend, but her friend didn’t like it. Sarah didn’t want to be a fashion designer anymore, but her mom talked her into trying again. While she was making the dress she thought of her mom’s words, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again.” She finished making the dress. She gave it to her friend. And her friend loved it.

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By Violet Cohen Something that happened to me when I didn’t give up was when I kept trying and trying to make a roller coaster with my brother. We tried 17 times and it never worked. Finally, on the 18th time, I put the last piece on and it finally worked. It took us 2 hours but we finally succeeded. I was so happy. Then we put a marble on it and it went through the whole roller coaster. That is a time when I tried and failed but I never gave up.

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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?”

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