10 June 2022

Published June 8, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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PHOTO PROMPT ยฉ David Stewart

A few of you might recognize the following story from a couple of years ago for What Pegman Saw. A little nip and tuck to make the story 100 words and it’s a Friday Fictioneers story. ๐Ÿ˜€

Genre: Fiction
Word Count: 100

MOUNT SINAI IN TANZANIA

Jelaniโ€™s ebony cheeks glisten, โ€œI was but a child when Idi Aminโ€™s henchmen destroyed our synagogue. On his deathbed my father grasped my hand and said, โ€˜Son, promise me, never forget who you are.โ€

The Torah scroll I brought from Canada is processed among the people. As it passes, Jelani touches the scroll with the tzit-tzit attached to his belt, then brings them to his lips with such reverence I weep.

Yehuda Kahalani leads the congregation in a Hebrew chant. My pulse races. I add my voice to familiar prayers and songs. Although we are different, our hearts are one.   

*Tzit-tzit are the fringes G-d commanded the children of Israel to attach to the four corners of their garments in the books of Deuteronomy and Numbers. So when Tevye asks “How did this tradition get started?” You’ll know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Click to read the true story that informed my flash fiction.

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