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Yosef Chaim Holds His Tongue

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

“Abba! There’s someone on the phone for you — Moshe Peretz from Bnei Brak, he said!” I called to Abba. “Moshe Peretz?” Abba pondered as he got up from his sefarim to pick up the phone. “Strange — haven’t spoken to him in a long time!” I was curious — who was Moshe Peretz?

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

three little boys

 Of course we know not to listen to phone conversations, but I couldn’t help hearing my abba’s side — and that sounded interesting enough …

“Renovations? … Yes, I know — it’s a problem … send your son here? He’s 11? Ah, about the same as my Yosef Chaim.… When? Next week? Yes of course, why not?! We’ll be looking forward …”

“Abba, who’s coming to stay? A kid my age? Who is he? Why is he coming?” I pounced on my abba as soon as he hung up the phone.

Abba smiled. “Moshe Peretz is an old friend of mine, but he lives in Bnei Brak so I rarely see him. They’re renovating their apartment and they can’t stay there, so he asked if we could take one of their children for a few weeks. Shimon is almost your age; he can sleep in your room. It should be fun for you!”

I wasn’t so sure.

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