Page 17

Itzhak Perlman’s Broken String Jacqueline Jules

Yes, Rabbi, it was a fine story for the funeral. It would be nice to believe . . . I could make music like Perlman with three strings instead of four, be lauded for playing my violin without whining, refusing to let absence diminish my performance. It would be nice to believe . . . my crippled soul could play my crippled instrument, make what is left produce a pure and powerful sound. It would be nice to believe . . . an urban myth never verified

offers the comfort I need.

9

Apeiron Review | Fall 2016  
Apeiron Review | Fall 2016