- First Lesson in Faith
Even the blank spacesare God-given, the rabbi explainedwhile unrolling the scroll. Focuson a letter and you'll findbeneath the black ink, another oneetched in white.
Leaning forward, I squinted one eye,then the other. Keep looking,he urged, his pointercircling the parchment. We lingeredlike two figures in an unlit field, he,with his outstretched arm, insisting,
and I, scanning the heavens.Yes, there it is,I finally declared,as I used to while waitingfor Orion's belt to emergefrom three lonely stars. [End Page 174]
Jane Schapiro is the author of Inside a Class Action: The Holocaust and the Swiss Banks (Wisconsin) and a volume of poetry, Tapping This Stone (Washington Writers' Publishing House). Her poems have appeared in the American Scholar, the Gettysburg Review, the Women's Review of Books, and Yankee.