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Yosef Chaim’s History Lesson

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

Sometimes being the oldest pays. This time it paid in a big way, as I got to visitEngland! Abba had some business to do with a yeshivah inLondon, and he said he would take me and Yaakov Yisrael along as a treat. Londonwas a bit boring at first, as Abba had to deal with his business in the yeshivah, but he promised us that the next day he’d take us on a guided tour ofLondon— that was more like it!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

young boyThere was a whole group of us waiting for the tour bus, all religious Jews. We got to see all the places we’d heard of: the River Thames, the funny red double-decker buses, and of course the guards atBuckinghamPalacewith their red coats and big furry hats! But the place we wanted to see most was theTowerofLondon. That sounded really exciting, with all the stories of kings and queens locked in the dark dungeons.…

Actually, once we were there, it wasn’t that interesting. If we could have wandered off on our own to explore it would have been a lot more fun, but we were stuck with the group, listening to the guide talking about lots of history. There was a yard where the guide said some queen a long time ago was executed, and then another queen not so long after — married to the same king, the guide said. Who would marry a king?! I thought to myself.

The dungeons were a huge, fascinating maze of stone cells with solid iron doors, and there were all kinds of weird-looking metal instruments that the guide said had been used to torture people to confess their crimes. It was terrible to think of these being used to hurt people. I thought of the Jews tortured throughout the ages and around the world, like during the Inquisition. 


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