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Hanging by a Word

Faigy Peritzman

Open the gates, at the time when the gates are closing… And as the sun slowly began to set, each member of the shul searched their soul as a last attempt to attain the gift of life. A short fiction story in Family First's special "Before the Gates Close" theme section.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The little shul was hushed. The day was drawing to a close and the tension was palpable. The ten members of this small congregation each swayed in tefillah, lost in thought, oblivious to their surroundings.

The chazzan’s voice was young and pleasant.As he began the age-old words, his voice filled with tears, beseeching, pleading … and the whole shul wept with him.

The chazzan’s choked voice faltered, yet he recovered and went on. Open the gates, at the time when the gates are closing … And as the sun slowly began to set, each member of the shul searched their soul as a last attempt to attain the gift of life.

 

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