Have You Got a Story for Us? Sweepstakes Winners

On a brisk December night, a crowd gathered into the Center for Jewish History anticipating the launch of an exciting new book. “Have I Got a Story for You” translated 42 astonishing Yiddish stories into English for the first time. The touching collection of Yiddish stories intertwined the old world and the new, traditional and modern, to give a sense of what it was, and is, like to be a Jewish Ashkenazi immigrant.

As part of the conversation, the Forward asked to hear the first sentence of your Jewish story. “Have You Got a Story for Us,” called upon people of different ages and backgrounds to give a window into their complicated and wonderful lives.

Today, we celebrate the five winners of the sweepstakes! Each lucky winner receives a free copy of “Have I Got a Story for You,” and gets there story published in the Forward.

In no particular order, read the sentences of the most entrancing, intriguing, and bewildering one-line stories that were submitted to the Forward:






These sweepstakes winners tickled us, but they weren’t the only ones. The stories below are just as entrancing, intriguing, and bewildering, but didn’t have luck on their side to win the sweepstakes. Read them and write the rest of the story - in your head, or on paper.






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