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Jewish Christmas by Jasmine Schwartz
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Jewish Christmas

by Jasmine Schwartz

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Manhattan Melissa Morris had experienced numerous set-backs since being arrested for grand larceny for a crime she did not commit.
The story opens the night before Christmas. She is behind on her mortgage payment, doesn’t have an income, but is planning to go ahead with her annual Christmas party which requires the outlay of a great deal of money for wine, seafood, etc. While shopping, she unexpectedly meets some of her sorority sisters, women she hadn’t seen for several years.
One of them, who had become an Orthodox Jew, took her to a Kabbalah class. The rabbi questioned the need for material possessions saying they cause us to “take a step further away from our soul.” His comments made Melissa see herself as “A ridiculous woman...[H]anging on to an image of herself that had long ceased to exist.” She wondered what would happen if she faced reality.
The short story, while well-written and having some humorous parts, made me wonder why Melissa got to be the way she was: An insecure social-climber who allows herself to be directed by people who don’t deserve her respect ( )
  Judiex | Mar 23, 2013 |
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