The Curious Vision of Sammy Levitt and Other Stories

Mercer University Press  2012

Will Sammy Levitt’s bar mitzvah plans be derailed by a Christian pilgrimage? About to become the first bar mitzvah in the new synagogue, Sammy sees an image that threatens to bring him unwelcome celebrity. Can the hopes of a priest and a rabbi keep the community from blowing apart?

Other stories include a brother’s quest for truth sets the stage in “Who Cries for Aaron” where a young boy travels to northern Italy to fulfill a lifelong promise. An unexpected story of love in the “Yiddish Theater” presents the success and failure experienced by Jewish immigrants at the turn of the century. Graubart draws upon personal experience in “Segura’s Hand,” bringing to life the challenge of conquering one’s fears. “Short timer” illuminates the last days of a soldier’s enlistment in the US Army in Germany, exploring both endings and beginnings. Sadness and longing ride the New York subway with a seventeen-year-old boy as he looks for love on New Year’s Eve. 

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