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Through the Prism of Perspective

Leah Gebber

Debbi presses the cell phone to her ear, strains to hear the message. It’s Shaul. Hi. Debbi. Hope work was okay. I’m eating at my mother’s tonight. She lets the heavy glass office door swing closed behind her and begins walking down the uneven flagstones of Rechov HaYehudim. She jabs Delete, brushes her auburn sheitel away from her eyes, and quickens her pace.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

At the café on the corner, Debbi sits down. If Shaul isn’t coming home till late, she might as well leave the ground meat in the fridge for tomorrow and treat herself. She orders a Greek salad and washes the saltiness down with ice coffee, swirling the sweet granules of ice around her tongue. She’s hungry, she realizes as she eats, quickly swallowing the forkfuls of lettuce and cheese.

“Mind if we join?”

Debbi hesitates, but the couple has already set down their trays and are smiling broadly.

“We just lo-ove talking to the natives,” the woman smiles, adjusting her orange sombrero and digging her fork into her lasagna. “Don’t we, George?”

“Sure do, Nancy,” says her husband. “And you look like you live here. Do you like it? Isn’t it the most wonderful place in the universe?”

This time, they seem to expect a reply. “Uh, yes, it’s … uh … very special to live in Jerusalem.”


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