25 March 2022

Published March 23, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100

RECLAMATION

I am Uzit, a warrior beside Yehuda Maccabee, the Hammer.

            I shall never forget how Antiochus’ men defiled our sacred altar with a pig. They slaughtered my baby brother Ezra and made my mother carry his body around her neck.  

            A soldier cast his lethal eyes on me. “What a pretty little Judean creature.”

            I replied with my sword.

We resisted the Greeks, and we prevailed.

***

Uzit Rabinowitz skimmed her fingers over the rough stones of an ancient building. “1949 in the Promised Land.” She caressed her infant son Ezra. “Antiochus couldn’t destroy us. Nor could the Führer. We prevailed.”

66 comments on “25 March 2022

    • Dear Jen

      Sadly there is a grisly history behind the Hanukkah story. This was one of those horrid things I picked up by researching the history. And, yes, history has repeated itself and continues to do so. 😦 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Querida Isadora,

      Never underestimate the power of a woman. 😉
      Yes, the photo is in Israel. I got to go in 2019 with Cuzzin Kent. The ruins are fascinating. This was Bet Sha’an. Gracias.

      Shalom y abrazos,

      Rochelle

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  • How fascinating that something about this took both of us to a revisiting. Of sorts.
    Then again, perhaps it is the nature of the place the photo depicts, which we both know.
    Well penned, my friend.
    Here’s to prevailing.
    Na’ama

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  • You’ve tied the past and the present together beautifully in this. How tragic that the common threads that connect them are hatred and brutality; I hope there will always be people like Uzit to resist these forces. She surely is a warrior.

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  • Querida Rochelle,
    YIKES … I usually read your story when I post mine to your link but had forgotten.
    Memory meds needed LOL
    I loved the way you read your story. It was much more interseting then when I read it.
    Your voice draws the listener in. What a powerful woman!!! A very appropriate story for Women’s History month. Bravo …
    Abrazos y Carino,
    Isadora 😎

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    • Querida Isadora,

      Actualmente, I did have Women’s History month in mind so I’m glad you picked up on that. 😉 And this is your second comment on this story. Thank you. I feel blessed.
      Thank you for commenting on my reading. It’s become kind of a thing because one of our FF’rs is visually impaired. She remarked once how much she enjoyed heating as well as trying to read. I’m glad you like it, too.

      Gracias y abrazos,

      Rochelle

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      • Querida Rochelle,
        Thanks for the laugh. Usually, I do things in a pattern to keep from forgetting where I am in my blog follows. Lately, it’s not working. Either it’s time to change that routine or end blogging. I’m not as quick at responding to posts which is very sad. I enjoy the post but forget to respomd or have and do it again. Que pena es ver viaja.
        Gracias mu amiga … Salud y Amor
        Isadora

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Beautifully written,my friend. History (and present time) does not lack for those who must fight for their right to live. Women, especially, seem too often to be unheralded. Not with you around, they don’t!

    Shalom and Lotsa resilient love,

    Dale

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