Sasson Mag regular Joseph Cox has been enthralling readers with his ‘Torah Shorts’ fiction here on the site for months. But Joseph’s own life-story is every bit as gripping – and unusual – as his fiction writing.
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So homeward we headed, with new tans and sandals / Just in time to be madlik the Chanukah candles
How he wished he had a horse like that!
Antiochus Epiphanes, issuer of cruel decrees / Shabbat prohibition, circumcision abolition
“Your fourteen-year-old got in line for the roller coaster and started talking to some secular girl in a mini skirt.
Through the years she clothed herself as a
fun-loving, hard-working American mother.
And it falls upon Rabbi Loew to make this creature.
We live in a time of hate, true visceral hatred the likes of which I have never seen in my lifetime. But, perhaps the most frightening aspect of this hatred is a new phenomenon: the social acceptance of vile expressions and acts of hatred and violence by ordinary people.
“But what are you doing here?”
“Is she really busy or is it something about us?”
“If they are brilliant, why not?”
He didn’t know how to answer. “I mean, yeah. She’s pretty.”
I can see at a glance when the train leaves from where
and the time it will take me, from here ’til I’m there.
To his surprise the sky is beginning to darken.
And even redrawn their own genetic maps…
And they keep moving everywhere
I know that you are near
Getting my exercise
What a good boy he was. How lucky she was.
I had thought myself a seasoned parent, but the girl launched me on an entirely new learning curve.