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Eliyahu Hanavi at the Weinbergs

Rochel Burstyn

It was nearly midnight and the Weinberg family had just finished Shulchan Aruch. The kids yawned and tried to keep their eyes from closing. They all wanted to stay awake until the end. “Time for Eliyahu HaNavi,” Mr. Weinberg said as 12-year-old Nechama collected the Haggados from the buffet and passed them out to everyone at the table. “Who’s going to open the door for him tonight?”

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

“Wouldn’t it be amazing if we actually saw Eliyahu HaNavi?” Sruli asked his sister. She nodded.

Sruli turned the lock and the front door swung open. They peered into the darkness through the screen door. 

Rivky shivered slightly at the sudden blast of cool air.

“Look! It’s actually him!” Sruli pointed a trembling finger towards a vague shape in the distance.

Rivky stepped back and shivered again, but this time it didn’t have anything to do with the cold. It was all good and well to imagine Eliyahu HaNavi, but she hadn’t expected to actually see him!

She took another step back. Sruli turned around and noticed her retreat.

“Don’t leave me here by myself,” he said, before he swiveled back, looking into the darkness once more. “It’s definitely Eliyahu HaNavi. He’s wearing a hat.”

Rivky looked back at him, wide-eyed.

“What else?” she whispered.

“He’s … he’s ...” Sruli squinted into the night. “Long dark coat. Dark beard. He’s almost at our gate now! I can’t believe we have the zchus of seeing Eliyahu HaNavi!”


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