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Chapter 24: A Great Waiting.a Great Longing for the Unknown

Rabbi Nussbaum comes to visit Mendel Kravitz. “Mendel,” says the Rabbi, “it may be none of my business, but after all, we have been friends for a long time, and I am concerned about your reputation. You see, people in the neighborhood are beginning to talk about you.

“It just does not look right when a sixteen-year-old girl comes to visit you every night at such an hour.”

“Oh,” says Mendel, “don’t you worry about that. It is a purely platonic relationship.”

“Really?” asks Rabbi Nussbaum. “How can it be platonic?”

“Well,” replies Mendel, “it is play for her and a tonic for me!”