After being MIA from Pegman for a while, the muse struck. 😉 Now that the dust is settling a bit from the holidays. In any event, the Google trail took to an irresistible place in Zimbabwe History. The year is 1894 and Zimbabwe was known as Rhodesia. The following year a small band of Jewish refugees would build a synagogue in Harare.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 150
NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM?
“An adventure he says,” whispered Fayga to her three-month-old Yankel. “Your papa is a meshuggeneh vants.”
She missed the synagogue in Lithuania, with its beautiful woodwork and intricate carvings on the Holy Ark.
More than anything, she missed her family. But, if she were back at home she would still miss them. Murdered. What difference did it make from where she mourned?
Yankel sneezed and squirmed on her lap. She waved a fly away from his nose. “Such a shayna punim.”
The tent juddered. A warm breeze wafted over her as the cantor sang, “Here oh Israel, Adonoi our God, Adoni is one.”
“Don’t you see? We’re no longer safe here, my beloved?” He packed his books into a trunk next to her Sabbath candlesticks. “The Messiah will find us no matter where we go.”
Who knew their journey would take them from Eastern Europe to Bulawayo in faraway Africa?
*meshuggeneh vantz – crazy bedbug
*shayna punim – pretty face (It was one of my mother’s nicknames for me 🙂 )