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When Binyamin walked into the house with his bag of laundry on Motza’ei Shabbos, he was greeted with upbeat music.
“Sorry,” he said with a tired smile. “I thought this was my house.”
“It’s always happy here!” his sister Chani said, waiting ready with her camera.
“But there isn’t usually so much noise here. Can you lower the music a little?”
“Mishenichnas Adar marbim b’simchah!” five-and-a-half-year-old Shloimy said knowingly. “And besides, don’t you know we’re moving? Right after Purim!”
“He knows,” Esty said.
“I know,” Binyamin said at the exact same time. He sat down on a chair. “Of course I know!”
“Oh, so Abba and Ima told you?” Four-year-old Bentzy nodded understandingly.
Binyamin laughed. “And if they wouldn’t have told me, my friends would have updated me. Almost all of Bnei Brak knows about it!”
“Yes, and it’s a little…uncomfortable to be the subject of people’s stories…” Devorah spoke up. “Do you feel that way, too?”
“There certainly is something to what you’re saying.” Binyamin rested a hand on his forehead and raised his eyes to his sister. “Can’t you lower that music? My head is really aching.”
Chani and Esty studied him.