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Ariella gripped the note that she’d pulled off the magnet board. Osher’s handwriting danced in front of her eyes.
“This time, he didn’t really disappear,” her mother said heavily. Her voice sounded weary.
“He left us a message.”
Me, too, Ariella wanted to say.
“The mashgiach called to say that Osher came to tell him thank you and good bye, and that he was transferring to a different yeshivah. Then we saw the note. He wrote that he…” She fell silent for a moment. “That he loves us, and that we shouldn’t worry about him, because he’s going to a better place.”
“Last time, two summers ago, he didn’t leave a note, right?”
“At least he learned something since then.” Ariella’s lips curled into a ghost of a smile. “Let’s hope it’s a good sign.” She was quiet for a moment. “He told the mashgiach he was switching yeshivos?”
“And he didn’t write anything to you about the new yeshivah?”
“No. Just that it’s ‘a better place.’”
“What kind of paper did he write the note on?” Ariella whispered.