“There’s no girl,” he said in mock-sorrow.
Returning is about asking hard questions. Many of these questions have never been asked until now, perhaps, because we’ve been too frightened of learning the answers. But the time has come to ask those questions.
“You still live here…with your parents?” Anna asked.
We’ve been talking about starting up a podcast where we interview orthodox Jewish authors about their books for a few months, but we finally got the required push when veteran Sasson contributor Yael Shahar put out a new book, called Returning.
Joe huffed. “How fast do you want me to get married?”
Modern Israel’s greatest philosopher, Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook, once wrote: “Literature, which pokes into every corner where there is poetry and life, has not penetrated at all into the marvelous treasure of life that is repentance.” Yael Shahar’s Returning, based on a true story but crafted with literary skill, seems meant to fit into that gap.
“I can be objective,” Joe declared, standing up straight.
“Making dinner at this hour?” she exclaimed. “At this hour? Where’d you go after work?”
Just as no other place in the world has a heart like the heart of Jerusalem, no other Talmud teacher is quite like ours.
Apparently someone thought that it would be easier for a parent to remember their smartphone than to remember not to leave their child to die in a locked car.