fiction by Rachel Hall

The Things We Do

In celebration of our 25th anniversary LILITH sponsored its first Jewish feminist fiction contest.  We called for "vibrant, compelling, original stories with heart, soul and chutzpah."  This short story is the first prize winner.  LILITH's editors are grateful for the support provided by Joyce Elsa Goodman, which made possible the publication of this outstanding piece of original fiction.

There is so much food here for the living. With each taste of strudel you and I mourn the dead’s missed chance, and celebrate our luck at living, the flavors of cinnamon and apples mixing on our tongues. We grieve by chewing; it is always this way at shiva.

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