9.22.2007

HOW THE LITTLE RABBI GREW by Eliot Fintushel

It is getting harder to keep up with work, school, life, and The Soulless Machine Review, as you can see by the number of reviews this month. However, I life is good and I’m off to see the Minnesota Twins play the Chicago White Sox this morning, but before I go:

How the Little Rabbi Grew is a great work of short fiction. I’m really not religious. I was raised Christian in a CMA congregation, but the militant style of outreach pushed me away. What keeps me interested in religion are the mythical Old Testament stories of God and prophecies of saviors and epic battles between good and evil—you know, all the elements of high fantasy.

Fintushel brings out the best of the religious fantasy elements in his story about a boy whom God speaks directly. Shlomo quickly surpasses the elders in knowledge and the elders are forced to acknowledge him as a Rabbi. However, the elders are greedy for Shlomo’s knowledge and jealous of his connection with God. The elders set his Aunt Dora, his confidante, to spy on him.

By the end of the story, it is clear that Fintushel is after a parable. He succeeds. I was moved by the end of the story, Shlomo’s sacrifice to help bring the elders clarity and closer to heart of God, and Dora new found Hebrew song that is the breath of God.

Wow, I better stop, I’m starting to sound like a believer.

Read How the Little Rabbi Grew online: Here, you won’t be disappointed.

Fintushel, Eliot. “How the Little Rabbi Grew.” Strange Horizons, 9.17.2007

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