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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-08-07

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Messiah

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thrown out of this gorgeous
slum apartment, with its run-
ning water and indoor toilet
and wonderful stone steps to
walk up? Papa pointed to me
and yelled, "He has come. The
Promised One has come. He
is our son, our son!"
Mama was always the cool
one. She scoffed. "It can't be."
Papa demanded, indignant-
ly, as though Mama had
broken all Ten Command-
ments, "And why not? Are we
not of the tribe of Isaac,
descended from Abraham?"
Mama answered. "It's not
this one. Forget it. He
couldn't tie his shoelaces un-
til he was seven years old."
Papa shouted, "I have seen
with my own eyes and heard
with my own ears — oh ye of
little faith! I know a miracle
when I see it!" Mama
shrugged and went back to
her kitchen.
Papa hoisted me on his
shoulders. I thought my head
would poke through the ceil-
ing. Papa marched out of our
flat. At the door, a crowd of
people had gathered, worried
about the howls that had
come from the apartment.
Papa shouted his explana-
tion as he marched down the
stairs. His enthusiasm was
catching. Papa bragged of
what I had done, exag-
gerating a hundredfold my
achievement. Papa and his
fellow Jews, already waiting
over 5,000 years for me,
shouted, "On to the rabbi." In
wild disorder we straggled to
the synagogue, screaming to
the high heavens and to the
curious onlookers on the fifth
floor that the Messiah was
here, at last. That short
march to the shul was the
highlight of my life.
The rabbi was in his cubby-
hole study, poring over a
dusty, yellowed book. Papa
was finally able to explain,
over the shouts of my dis-
ciples, what the fuss was all
about. The rabbi scratched
his beard. Although I was an
adept student, he had caught
me fooling around when I
thought he wasn't watching.
On occasion, he had conferred
the title "bondeet" on me.
The rabbi was skeptical about
Papa's claim. After 5,000 pa-
tient years, he decided to
spend a few more minutes in-
vestigating the alleged
miracle.
He asked me a question in
Hebrew. I didn't know any
Hebrew except by rote. I
know Yiddish, so when my
Papa asked what the rabbi
said, I had to confess I didn't
know. The rabbi picked me
apart in another minute. He
then disabused Papa of his
notion that I was the Mes-
siah, intimating in very ex-
plicit Yiddish that I was on-
ly a high grade moron who

would be lucky to make Bar
Mitzvah.
We were a sad-looking
bunch going home after that.
Nobody said very much.
When we got to our flat, my
bitterly disappointed Papa
yelled at me for making a fool
of him. He regretfully decided
that he was required to
"potch" my behind.
This was serious. Papa was
a hard potcher. I mean, he put
his heart and soul into his
potching. Mama didn't let
him hit us in the head so he
gave it all he had to our bot-
toms. You think I'm not
smart? You want proof that
the Jews have an instinct for
survival? Know what I said
then, and saved my life?
"Papa," I said plaintively,
"you wouldn't spank the
Messiah, would you?"
The accumulated pain of
over 5,000 years of waiting
and suffering dissolved in a
gale of laughter. My Papa
picked me up and tossed me
over his head. "Zie a gitter
kind," he laughed, and I was
a good kid for the rest of my
life.



Robert Weinstein is a writer
who lives in Florida.

mml LOCAL NEWS

Imm

Council Post
Sought By Moss

Richard Moss

Richard Moss of Southfield
has announced his candidacy
for a seat on the Southfield
City Council.
Moss
holds
an
undergraduate degree in
political science and public
administration from the
American University in
Washington, D.C. He current-
ly is pursuing studies toward
a law degree at the Detroit
College of Law.
He has worked for U.S. Sen.
Howard M. Metzenbaum (D-
Ohio) and U.S. Representative
John D. Dingell (D-Mich.).
Moss also has served as a
legal intern and as a staff in-
tern in the advance office of
the Presidential Internship
Program.

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