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by Stefan Kanfer

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An exhausted Hasid came running to his rebbe. "Rebbe, help. Take pity. My house is burning."

Te rebbe calmed the Hasid. Then, fetching his stick from a corner of the room, he said, "Here, take my stick. Run back to your house. Draw circles around it with my stick, each circle some seven handbreadths from the other. At the seventh circle, step back seven handbreadths, tehn lay my stick down at the east end of the fire. God will help you."

The Hasid grabbed the stick and started off. "Listen," the rebbe called after him, "it wouldn't hurt also to pour water. Yes, in God's name, pour water. As much water as you can."

from Yiddish Folktales, edited by Beatrice Silverman Weinreich
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For Elie Wiesel

Di velt iz a redl un es dreyt zikh
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The story of the attempt to build a Jewish Eden in the Catskills, from the days of the ghetto to the rise and decline of the great resorts.

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