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Locked Out

Shoshana Schwartz

Motty hesitated. Smoking, on his porch, on Shabbos? It wasn’t officially against house rules — the only ironclad rule was curfew — but it was painful to see. He went outside. A short fiction story in Family First's special "Before the Gates Close" theme section.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

“Hey, Motty. Want me to do that?”

Motty looked up from the wicks he was adjusting. “No thanks, Rafi. My mitzvah.”

Rafi shrugged. “Whatever. I’m going out. Need anything?”

“Yeah, some Coke. Benny’s stopping by tonight.”


“Thanks.” Cool. Whatever. From the day he’d opened his home to these boys who had no other home, he’d made it his business to understand their language. He finished the wicks and walked to the kitchen.

“Hey, Abba,” Eliyahu greeted him.

Motty eyed his son. Since when had “hi” become “hey”? He smiled. “Hello, Eliyahu.”

“I’m going out with Rafi.”

“Shabbos is at six.”

Eliyahu’s face tightened. “I know. Trust me, okay?”


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