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Baila Rosenbaum

Taking Ruth into Home Stretch

May 25, 2009, by

“Shvoo-oat? That’s a new one. Is it one of those minor holidays?” I’d met Sharon downstairs at the mailboxes in our building’s lobby. I’ve never figured out exactly what floor she lives on in our twenty-one story building. Our relationship was made up of brief conversations in the elevator, me getting off in the single […]

Birchat HaChamah: Once in Twenty-Eight

April 20, 2009, by

When my alarm rang at 6:00 A.M. Wednesday morning April 8, every bone in my body started talking to me – and not one of them was saying anything polite. I had spent the last two days on my feet cooking around the clock and I was beat. All I wanted to do was sleep. […]

Redemption and a New York Taxi Ride

March 31, 2009, by

When you get into a taxi in New York City you never know what’s going to happen. Every urban traveler knows that within each of the myriad of cabs crisscrossing the city, resides a whole world–usually a world much different than your own. The driver’s country of origin, accent, personal hygiene, speed preferences; they’re all […]