by Myra Sklarew

The Messenger

"All Jews are responsible for one another"—but how do we define the boundaries between responsibility and guilt?

Sometimes I believe they are sent to me. God’s messengers. To test me. This one never smiled. He stood in the doorway of my office, solid as a tree trunk. The confusion of phones ringing, conversations of colleagues, urgent students, never fazed him. He was his grandmother’s emissary.

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