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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 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 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 Marc Hazan The sign of a good friend is when a boy sees you in hard times and you’re down, he confronts you and is there for you no matter what happens. That is a good friend. For example there were a few boys playing football during recess. And there was a boy named, Sammy, sitting on the side doing nothing. He didn’t have many friends. So the boys approached Sammy and asked him if he wanted to play with them. Sammy was incredibly happy that kids wanted him to play with them. When they were playing it was first down the score was 3 up. The quarterback threw it to Sammy, but he missed. All of Sammy’s teammates told him “Nice try, don’t worry, you’ll catch next time.” And again the same thing happened and Sammy’s teammates said,”Nice try don’t worry, you’ll catch it next time.” It was 4th down the quarterback threw it to Sammy. Sure enough he caught it and ran it for the winning touchdown for the team. All the boys crowded around him chanting his name. He was so happy and the boys were happy that he was happy.

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By Isaac Alfaks If my friend was getting bullied from popular kids, I would stick up for him and would make sure he wasn’t bullied or else I would bully them. I will never let him be picked on. Also, if we are playing sports and my friend is hurt, I will help him and I will not keep playing the game if my friend is hurt. I will not use my friend because he is rich. I am his friend because of the good things Hashem taught me.

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By Evelyn Tebele A good friend is a friend who is always there for you. Someone I know was being teased by a group of mean girls. She needed someone to be there for her. Her friend stood up for her and told them to stop being mean to her. Even though the girl was very shy, she stood up for her friend because she loved her friend and couldn’t just sit there and watch her true friend be teased. That showed that she was there for her and she was willing to take the heat for her friend. That’s why they are really true friends because, if she was just using her, she wouldn’t care about her as much as she does.

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By Jake Bivas My friend asked me for review sheets a day before an important test. But, I also needed it. He kept on complimenting me and saying that I am so nice. The next day, at recess, I asked him if I could play basketball with him. He didn’t let me. He didn’t pay back. And, I didn’t get my review sheets back from him. When I asked him to give back my sheets, he said he lost it. It’s priceless to have a really good friend because your friend will be there for you in time of need. Your friend will be nice to you. Even if you and your friend fight, it gets over with faster and you forget and forgive each other.

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By Estelle Obnona One upon a time there were two girls, Nina and Louisa. Louisa always thought she was cool and popular. So every day she bragged about her iphone, ipod, ipad and apple tv. She was the most popular girl in the 6th grade. Nina was not so cool and pretty. One day, the 6th grade was doing a play. Nina made a mistake. When she made the mistake, it was the dress rehearsal. The next day at the real play Louisa planned to make Nina mess up even more. Nina was very embarrassed. All her friends were laughing at her. But her best friend went over to her and told her, “Don’t worry.” She felt better.

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By Jack Ashkenazi People have friends who take advantage because kids want to be in a group of popular kids and use their rich gadgets. A sign of a good friend is if they keep your secrets and don’t use you. A sign of a bad friend is when they use you if you’re rich or they want to have more friends even though they don’t really like you.

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By Sarah Cohen A good friend never tells you to change. If you are wearing something you really like and your friend tells you to change because she doesn’t like your outfit, that’s not a good friend. A good friend knows how you feel even if you don’t say anything. When you take advantage of someone, you yourself are suffering. Why? Because you never experience real friendship, you don’t have any good friends and they won’t be there for you when you need them the most. Sure, you got a lot of “friends” on Facebook. But think to yourself, “Are they really my friends? Are they going to be there for me when I really need them?”

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By Shirley Sardar One day, I was walking in the hallway when my friend came up to me and said, “Can you help me find my jacket?” I said, “Ok, I’ll help you.” We went into the last class she was in and it was locked. We had to go downstairs and get the key. When we opened the door, we saw it wasn’t there. We went to her math class. It wasn’t there. We looked in her science class. It wasn’t there. Then she said, “Let’s just give up.” I said, “No. We will find it. Let’s go look in Lost and Found.” We found her jacket there. She was so happy that she found it. She was thankful that I helped her. I told her, “Anything for a best friend.”

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By Isaac Gindi  A sign of a good friend is someone who plays with you and doesn’t leave you out. One time, my friend came over to my house to play football and we had a good time. At school we played football in passes and I fell. He helped me up. I had little cuts so he took me to the nurse. Turned out I broke my arm. The next day in school, he signed my cast and said, “Everything will be alright.” I couldn’t write so he offered to write for me. When I finally got my cast off, he told me, “I told you everything is going to be ok.”

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By Jack Shalom A good friend is someone who will stick up for you when you have a problem. If someone is embarrassed because he has a pimple on his face, a good friend won’t laugh and make fun of him. He will stick up for him and be on his side. A bad friend will laugh at him and make jokes about him. If you accomplished something like got on the basketball team, a good friend will congratulate you and be happy for you. A bad friend will be jealous and mean to you.

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By Raquel Dayan A good friend lets you be who you are. Vivian told Ruthy that she didn’t like her style. She said she hates the shirt Ruthy was wearing. Ruthy said that Vivian should keep it to herself because Ruthy really liked the outfit she was wearing. Ruthy agreed and, after looking at it, she ended up loving Ruthy’s style.

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By Ikey Dayan Why do people choose a friend who may take advantage of them? People do that because they want to be popular and they want friends. They also do that because they think that person is cool. So, if they are friends with the cool kids they will be cool. What is a sign of a good friend? Someone who shares with you, fair, nice, there for you when you need him. Someone who is a giver, not a taker. A bad friend is someone who talks behind your back, uses you and is selfish.

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By Yakov Elias Michael was at Robert’s house. Michael used his laptop, enjoyed comfortable couches ate good food. In school, when they were making basketball teams, the other captain didn’t pick Robert and Michael did the same. They didn’t pick him because Robert wasn’t a good player. Robert went to sit on a bench and started crying. Michael saw him and just ignored him. That is a sign of a bad friend.

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By Madalyn Zalta A good friend is someone who you can trust, doesn’t use you. If your friend always asks you for homework every night, and when you need homework she is not there, that’s a sign of a friend using you. You shouldn’t be friends with someone who does that. If you take advantage of someone, you will never get the opportunity to have a good friend and experience what a true friend is. If you don’t have a true friend, you will never have someone you can trust and you will never have someone who is always there for you.

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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.

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By Jack Katach A bad friend is someone who is using you and laughs at you with other people, – just like Lavan used Eliezer for the gold and wanted to kill him. If a popular kid wanted to be friends with a different kid but not for friendship, just to take money from him, he would say, “I’ll pay you back tomorrow.” That’s not a true friend unless he pays you back.

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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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