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Inside this Book – Esther’s hand raced over the paper as if the colored pencils might be snatched from her, the quivering inside her wild, foreign, thrilling. All this time she hadn’t known that “blue” was actually seven distinct shades, each with its own name—azure, Prussian, cobalt, cerulean, sapphire, indigo, lapis. She pressed the waxy pencils on the paper, amazed by the emerging hues: the ornaments curving on the Armenian vase were lapis; the purplish contours of the Jerusalem mountains were shrouded by indigo evening clouds. In this stolen hour at Mademoiselle Thibaux’s dining-room table, she could draw without being scolded for committing the sin of idleness, God forbid. A pale gecko popped up on the chiseled stone of the windowsill and scanned the room with staccato movements until it met Esther’s gaze. Her fingers moving in a frenzy, she drew the gecko’s raised body, its tilted head, its dark orbs focused on her. She studied the translucency of the skin of the valiant creature that kept kitchens free of roaches. How did God paint their fragility? She picked up a pink-gray pencil and traced the fine scales. They lay flat on the page, colorless. She tried the lightest brown— Her hand froze. What was she thinking? A gecko was an idol, the kind pagans worshipped. God knew, at every second, what every Jew was doing for His name. He observed her now, making this graven image, explicitly forbidden by the Second Commandment, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Inside this book –Jerusalem Maiden PDF Book by Talia Carner – Cones of dancing dust swirled up the barren slope, until they fainted from exhaustion. A few years ago, the hills had been thick with firs and pines, but the Ottomans had chopped them all down to feed their war trains. Esther pushed a cart laden with the huge cholent pot uphill, digging her feet in to prevent the heavy cart from sliding back down. The cauldron contained food for the twenty people expected at the Kaminskys’ Shabbat table. This week it even included chunks of fatty meat given to Aba as payment by an insolvent merchant for negotiating with the creditors. With the Ottomans imposing new taxes and confiscating every rope and nail in desperation to salvage their frayed four-hundred-year-old empire, poverty was spreading like maggots in a carcass. This Shabbat stew was the Kaminskys’ only full meal of the week. The cart’s weight pressed on Esther’s hips. She stopped and wiped her brow with her sleeve. She had enjoyed the preparations of the cholent, but it would have been only fair if her stronger brothers did the schlepping of the heavy pot. At least there was no water in it; she would add that at the baker’s, where the meal would simmer in his oven overnight. The juices of the cholent’s many ingredients would mix to produce a delicious smoke-flavored feast. The thought made Esther’s mouth salivate.
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- Author of this Book – Talia Carner
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