Sept/Oct 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 5 Fiction |

The Simple Ones

When Tanta Mazla drove Uncle Chaim to the hospital, on Shabbos and over his protests, and in their daughter Keturah’s car, Chana prayed. She read psalms, one after the next, from Praiseworthy is the man who follows not the path of the wicked, straight through to the last awkward suite of hymnals, each of them starting and ending with Hallelujah, the final one little more than an inventory of instruments you could use to praise G-d: timbrels and lyre, lute and horn. The word for horn was shofar, and Chana wondered if the psalmist meant an actual ram’s horn or was that just the word back then for any horn, a metal horn, a trumpet, or a French horn or a tuba. She had heard that in New Orleans, the Gentiles held funerals that were joyous, jazz funerals with drummers and dances and a big brass band, where people wore their Sunday best — that was the phrase from books she read — and drank and ate and celebrated the life the beloved had lived, and not grieved over their sud

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