My Neighbor Judy

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My Neighbor Judy
Serialized in Tachlis Magazine.
September 2017-
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This novel is about two fifth graders, one of whom is trying to acclimate to a new culture and one of whom is trying to learn not to judge people who might be different from her, her friends, and her family. My Neighbor Judy emphasizes the importance of tolerance, understanding, and unity, i.e. v’ahavta l’reacha kamocha.

Although this story takes place in an imaginary town, Meadow Wood, New Jersey, its driving conflict, the difficulty that people have accepting actions, words, and thoughts dissimilar to their own, is universal. Whereas “acceptance” is not “approval, being able to acknowledge the existence and significance of others’ worldviews remains an invaluable interpersonal skill.

Preface
"Chapter One: The New Family." Tachlis Magazine. Sep. 1. 95:72-75.
Chapter Two: The New School
Chapter Three: The Newest Girl
Chapter Four: A Shabbas Sleepover
Chapter Five: Chocolate Mousse and Acceptance 
Chapter Six: Kippahs, TziTzis, and Payos
Chapter Seven: “Daddy” or “Tatty”
Chapter Eight: Getting Dressed
Chapter Nine: Clothing Shopping
Chapter Ten: Davening
Chapter Eleven: Sukkot
Chapter Twelve: Limuda Kodesh and Limuda Chol
Chapter Thirteen: Rashi Script
Chapter Fourteen: Schul
Chapter Fifteen: Snow
Chapter Sixteen: Brachot
Chapter Seventeen: Washing
Chapter Eighteen: Kashrut
Chapter Nineteen: A Chumash Party
Chapter Twenty: A Birthday Party
Chapter Twenty-One: Lashon Hara
Chapter Twenty-Two: A Bar Mitzvah
Chapter Twenty-Three: Shiluach Haken
Chapter Twenty-Four: An Upsheren
Chapter Twenty-Five: Library Books
Chapter Twenty-Six: Swimming Lessons
Chapter Twenty-Seven: Pesach Cleaning
Chapter Twenty-Eight: Pesach
Chapter Twenty-Nine: Shavuot
Chapter Thirty: Sleepaway Camp
Chapter Thirty-One: Camp Sports
Chapter Thirty-Two: The Three Weeks
Chapter Thirty-Three: A Wedding
Chapter Thirty-Four: Friends and Relatives
Chapter Thirty-Five: Judging Favorably
Chapter Thirty-Six: A Siyum
Acknowledgements
About the Authors