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Party Crashers, Witch Hunts and Ninja Costumes - Aaron Potek

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Party Crashers, Witch Hunts and Ninja Costumes

A collection of Moth GrandSLAM Stories from around the country - a rabbinical student answers tough questions; a couple crashes the 2008 Obama inauguration; a teacher survives a witch hunt; a tween creates a homemade Halloween costume; a woman plans a sing-along funeral finale; and a man travels to Africa to find a higher purpose.

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Stories in this Episode

07:21
Faith in Love Between the Lines

by Aaron Potek

A rabbinical student answers tough questions.

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06:11
Crashing the (Democratic) Party

by Bonnie Levison

A couple crashes the 2008 Obama inauguration. 

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05:56
Anonymous

by Matthew Dicks

A teacher survives a witch hunt.

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06:36
Ninja Costume

by Horace H.B. Sanders

A tween creates a homemade Halloween costume.

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06:26
Memorial Under the Sea

by Cole Kazdin

A woman plans a sing-along funeral finale.

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07:01
The Lost and Found

by Scott Holzknecht

A man travels to Africa to find a higher purpose.

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Aaron Potek

A rabbinical student answers tough questions.

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Aaron playing his guitar. Photo courtesy Aaron Potek.

Bonnie Levison

A couple crashes the 2008 Obama inauguration

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The yellow tickets.

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Bonnie and an unsuspecting serviceman. Photos courtesy Bonnie Levison.

Matthew Dicks

A teacher survives a witch hunt.

Anonymous rivals cherry-picked quotes from Matthew’s blog to get him and his wife fired from their teaching jobs. He was able to beat the accusations and still works at the same school. You can read it yourself at MatthewDicks.com/Blog.

Cole Kazdin

A woman plans a sing-along funeral finale.

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Joe at camp, around the time of the Little Mermaid musical.

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Joe and Cole as adults. Photo courtesy Cole Kazdin.

Scott Holzknecht

A man travels to Africa to find a higher purpose.

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Scott, Duma (in between his legs), and another boy named Edward.

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Some of the children at the orphanage.

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The school. Scott writes, “that’s the whole damn thing…that’s what a normal classroom looked like (we didn’t pile in the room for the picture).” Photos courtesy Scott Holzknecht

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