Questioning faith in the parsha
“Somebody Up There Likes You” by Shalom Auslander
Shemini – March 26. A story by Shalom Auslander
Bloom’s Volvo finally came to rest upside down on the right-hand shoulder of the New York State Thruway. The roof was collapsed, the front end was crushed, and the driver’s side door was torn nearly in half.
The policeman shook his head.
“You’re very lucky.”
“Somebody up there likes you.”
Whatever dying mechanism was coughing black smoke from the underside of the car soon ignited. The car filled with flames, incinerating Bloom’s insurance papers, his registration, the picture of his deceased grandparents that hung from his rearview mirror and his Coach Executive briefcase, which contained the 300-page report on emerging Asian markets he’d promised to have in by Monday morning and the only copy of a screenplay he’d been secretly working on. It was a romantic comedy.
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