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Sistershmooze — Voices from Beyond

Marcia Stark Meth • Emmy Stark Zitter • Miriam Stark Zakon •

Six people sit in a darkened room, fingers spread out on the round table, hands gently touching. A sense of hushed expectancy, hope, and fear fill the silent blackness. A séance. A gathering of the living trying to speak to those no longer here. Nonsense, of course, but in the 19th century, it was a wildly popular nonsense.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Legend has it thatMaryToddLincoln organized a séance in the White House, andSirArthurConanDoyle, creator of the uber-rationalSherlockHolmes, was also a believer. Séances gained in popularity after the trauma of World War I, as families grieving for their lost loved ones sought comforting messages from “The Beyond.” Fraudulent “mediums” and dishonest “psychics” preyed on the anguish of bereaved families, using tricks and the power of suggestion to gain money and fame. Nonsense, indeed. And yet… The story of Shaul having a witch call up the spirit of the prophet Shmuel reminds us that those who tap into the powers of evil are able to arouse those who have died — but it is a forbidden art, one that should never be dared (I Shmuel, 28). As much as we long to hear them, the voices of those who have gone toOlamHaemes cannot and should not be heard again by those who still live. Still… sometimes we can hear the voices of those who are gone. In our imagination. In our memory. And occasionally, very occasionally, in a seemingly random word or incident that reminds us of the words those loved ones said back when their voices filled our lives. No round tables, no darkened rooms, nothing spooky here… but join the Schmoozing Sisters as they hear voices from beyond. You just have to know how to listen.

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