Larchmont Temple Chevra Torah

Questioning faith in the parsha

War of the Bernsteins

Chevra April 19 Acharei Mot  Story by Shalom Auslander

There are the things that Bernstein carried in the brown, broken suitcase he kept under his bed in the hope that the Messiah would arrive in the middle of the night: two pairs of black socks, one pair of black pants, a white shirt, one Book of Psalms, some rugalach, three yarmulkes, a spare set of phylacteries, two prayer shawls (one for weekdays, one for Sabbath) and a bathing suit because you never know.

 “In the World to Come,” the rabbis would say to Bernstein, “there will be eternal happiness and joy.”

 “In the World to Come,” Bernstein would say to his wife, “there will be eternal happiness and joy.”

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