“Miriam’s Song” by Larry Lefkowitz

March 15, 2010

Twins in a Jewish family experience the psychic connection that often comes with being twins, until the day when Miriam begins to sing a song all her own. [17min]

Excerpt:

We were the darlings and the mystery of the shtetl. Adam and Eve we were called, since we seemed each a part of the other.

While I learned Torah, Miriam, as a girl groomed for the home, was taught only a few prayers, yet she knew as much as I did, to the astonishment of everyone but us. Whatever I learned was absorbed by her simultaneously. When I was honored with a ceremony on completion of my studies, she felt she had earned it, too.

The residents of the shtetl began to call us “Double Ayin” for the Hebrew verbs where the two same letters coming together are written as one letter. “Hello, Double Ayin,” they would say, whether addressing me, or Miriam, or us together.

In the eyes of the shtetl our most amazing feat was our ability to suddenly start singing the same song at the same time without previous signal, even if we started in the middle instead of at the beginning, as we sometimes did. In this we were like the shofars of Reb Zalman and Reb Elya: if one was blown, the other would reverberate.

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