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By Sid Fleischman

One evening the good Freddie, a tender ventriloquist, is possessed by means of a dybbuk. A what? A Jewish spirit. A scrappy demon who glows as though spray-painted through moonlight. The dybbuk is published to be the ghost of a twelve-year-old boy named Avrom Amos, a sufferer of the Nazis in the course of international struggle II. In a plucky scheme to hunt revenge, he commandeers the good Freddie's degree act and entraps the entertainer within the postwar ashes of Germany. in the back of the footlights, the dybbuk lighting fixtures up the poor destiny of one million and a part Jewish little ones, together with Avrom himself. What methods does the dybbuk have up his ghostly sleeve? organize to be astonished. . . .

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Practically an ovation. Your old routine � 30 � The Entertainer and the Dybbuk was so full of moth holes you could strain borscht. ” “Nazis! No one wants to think about the war anymore. ” “Not for me it’s over,” said the dybbuk. ” protested the ventriloquist. “I could be your best friend. I don’t see any others hanging around. And I told you, I grew up with actors. Comedians, too. At the age of three I was already performing in Odessa. I can do voices. You want to hear me do Churchill? Roosevelt?

Freddie relaxed his jaw to allow the dybbuk to take over freely. He waited for the faint tickle in his throat. The slight puff of breath. But Avrom Amos had gone hard of hearing. “Listen, dybbuk. ” Freddie waited for the now-familiar � 48 � The Entertainer and the Dybbuk blustering voice. But not a word flew from his lips. Not a sound. ” he demanded. ” A pin-drop silence. ” said the rabbi. Freddie began to shout. “None of your dybbuk tricks! ” The rabbi peered at Freddie as if the American might be a lunatic.

They waited for several moments more, but the dybbuk had shut up like a clam. ” The rabbi isn’t believing me, Freddie � 49 � SID FLEISCHMAN thought. Who could blame him? “Try something, Rabbi. ” “So you won’t go away disappointed, I’ll blow the ram’s horn. The shofar. ” “I’ll be obliged,” said Freddie, though he wondered if the rabbi was now only humoring him. Probably. ” the rabbi added, as if to qualify the outcome. ” “A quorum of ten Jews. Righteous Jews. Good men. Without a minyan, a holy service has no teeth.

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