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  • The Goat, 1945
  • Rachel Berghash

A Jewish woman with a small aluminum pot. A she-goat, soft face, next to an Arab man in the barren field. The air is heavy. There is no shortage of water this summer, and in the courtyards well-pumps are still unused. The sky is idly tense. Not a bird, nor a chirp. Two thousand years in exile, the woman waits in line, patiently. The goat, dreaming of roaming in unfenced fields, knows that the days when the he-goats were brought before the king and the assembly laid their hands on them are over; no longer will they be slaughtered by the priest, their blood splattered on the altar; no longer will they be offered to atone for our sins. The woman, smiling, hands over the pot to the Arab. He takes it gently and milks the goat. He hands the pot back to her, and she puts a coin in his hand— a quiet transaction, like an omen of an ancient covenant, when trading had the depth of a solid great promise. [End Page 82]



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