From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

Author:Amy Harmon [Harmon, Amy]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781503939325
Google: B1L-jwEACAAJ
Amazon: B01DF0TM1Y
Goodreads: 29904278
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Published: 2016-10-24T23:00:00+00:00

10 November, 1943

Confession: I never used to pray.

Prayer wasn’t something I ever thought about when I was younger. It wasn’t something that mattered to my father, and so it didn’t matter to me. Then one day it did matter. So I started to listen. And I started to pray.

The prayers of the Jewish people have been passed down, generation after generation, and when I say the prayers, they are like lullabies. In the prayers I feel my parents, and their parents, and their parents before them. I feel them all, singing to me, and they are not gone, but just away. We are apart, but not forever. So I will keep saying the prayers. I will never stop, and because of this, I will always be a Jew.

Angelo does not pray the way I do. He calls his God a different name. But I’m convinced God is not just my God or Angelo’s God. He is God. He wouldn’t be God if he was only God to some of his children . . . would he? Whether or not his children call him by the same name. I call my father “Babbo.” Angelo refers to his father as “Papà.” Does it matter what we call him? Does it matter how we pray, if our devotion is pure, if our love for him leads us to love and serve and forgive and be better?

I guess it does. Sadly, it does. Because my prayers could get me killed.

Eva Rosselli


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