Friday Fictioneers: Let My People Go!


This little person fills my world with sparkles!

It’s been weeks since I’ve been able to participate in Friday Fictioneers, and oh how I’ve missed it! Each week I see the prompt, and have had to leave it waiting. I knew I would not have time to reciprocate and read other stories, so I’ve opted to not share my own. I’ve been traveling for more than a month now, the past 3 weeks in Israel. I’ve spent glorious days playing with my 8 month-old grandson and attending my daughter’s wedding, in the ancient city of Tzfat, in a Fort built in 1272! Today, with heavy hearts, but gratitude as well, we head home. I’ll be traveling for the next 24 hours, but will read and respond when I arrive. I’ve really missed my wonderful writing community and it’s time for me to get back to writing! Sending healing thoughts to our friend, and fellow writer CEAYR!

My story this week was inspired by the many ancient places I’ve been in the past three weeks, the history of the Holy Land, and the fact that Pesach, or Passover (the celebration of Exodus and the story of Moses), is next week. I dedicate it to Noemi Ban, a Holocaust survivor, friend and keeper of memories. If you’d like to participate, or learn more about Friday Fictioneers, check out our fearless leader’s blog Addicted to Purple. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields herds this wonderful group of writers with skill and dedication, and we are all thankful! As always, I welcome honest, constructive feedback; please leave a comment.


©Kent Bonham

“But aba, how could that story be real? The sea can’t part! Where would the fishes go?”

“Noemi, the Torah is filled with many stories that seem unbelievable, but these are stories we have shared with generation after generation, and these scrolls are very special.”

“But how could one man do all of that? How could Moses really defeat Pharaoh, with only a staff?” The young girl tugged her father’s hand, as she gazed at the walls of history.

“That is the beauty of faith, we accept the word of Adonai. We believe in the magic of the stories.”

(word count: 99)

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Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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43 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: Let My People Go!

  1. Dear Dawn,

    Why is this story different from all others? 😉 I’ve enjoyed your pictures from Ha Aretz. Your story is very sweet. I can see and hear this father and his child. Welcome back, achotee.



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    • Toda ribah Rochelle! It’s good to be home! Or, it will be good, when the jet lag passes! 😉 The photo prompt reminded me of all the ancient books and stones I saw for three weeks…. it’s so good to get back to my writing! Shabbat Shalom!

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  2. rgayer55 says:

    I watched an episode on Bible Mysteries Explained (History Channel) about the Red Sea event. According to their take, it was actually the Reed Sea and a tsunami was what swept Pharaoh’s army away. Either way, a Greater Power had to intervene for the timing to work.
    You’re right about the beauty of Faith.

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  3. oldentimes says:

    Words are inadequate, this is beautiful.


  4. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Beautiful, Dawn. I love your stories.

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  5. Carrie Rubin says:

    Safe travels to you! I’m sure it was wonderful to see your daughter and grandchild again.

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  6. Sandra says:

    Lovely story of faith. Safe journey.


  7. jellico84 says:

    What a wonderful scene you’ve captured and well told, too. 🙂

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  8. I love the dialogue.. Both the questioning and faith are so healthy…


  9. wmqcolby says:

    Hey, Dawn! Welcome back! A sweet and wonderful narrative. Stories tell us who we are or wish to be. That’s why we’re drawn to books, movies, television, etc., we like to hear stories.

    Great to see you back and keep that good writing coming! 🙂


  10. IfeomaO says:

    Welcome back and thank you so much for choosing to write this story 🙂 it was heartwarming to read.


  11. Mike says:

    Thanks for the link, Tzfat looked interesting, as was the magical story,

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  12. Dale says:

    That was lovely indeed… A child’s questions, an adult’s responses… teaching to have faith in that which cannot easily be explained….

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  13. Mike Lince says:

    Your dialogue creates vivid word pictures. This could be an excerpt from a screenplay – the mental images were that real. And thank you for sharing the photo of you and your adorable grandson. The love is palpable. – Mike


  14. Amy Reese says:

    That must have been wonderful to be there at your daughter’s wedding and to see the little babe. A magical story, Dawn, and the power of faith at work.

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  15. Sense of simple faith shared quietly, passed faithfully down generations and made firmly real in the context of a world that questions everything! Kudos!


  16. Dee says:

    I enjoyed your story Dawn. Faith is both magical and powerful, thank you for the timely reminder 🙂

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  17. That was lovely Dawn, full of healthy questioning and with just the right amount of magic.
    It sounds like you had a lovely few weeks with your family x


  18. Margaret says:

    A lovely picture of father and daughter, and the passing on of important things.


  19. Welcome back, Dawn. Lovely story. What a great trip you’ve had Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding. What a great place to have it. I bet your grandson is just darling. From that picture, he looks active. Well done as always. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks Suzanne! Yes, it was an amazing 4 weeks, but exhausting and so busy! I seriously didn’t have a moment freed… but then, that yummy baby was just worth every second!

      Love your “new” gravatar photo, Suzanne. It looks great!

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      • Thanks, Dawn. I had to have a new photo taken to get my OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) card. I qualify for it because I’m married to an Indian citizen. Our children got them also. It’s actually a permanent visa. The Indian Government now makes getting a new visa a yearly requirement so I had to get an OCI card. I was able to have a photographer come to the flat which was great. 🙂 — Suzanne

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