necessary Stories: Paper Rule

By HAIM WATZMAN
August 23, 2017 11:03

‘Paper Rule’ is the 120th story Haim Watzman has published here in his Jerusalem Report column, over the last nine years.




SHABBAT CANDLES

SHABBAT CANDLES. (photo credit:REUTERS)

THE TOILET paper is the last straw. I’ve been doing my best to be patient, accepting. But when Steph points out a package of flimsy tissues and asks me to use that and not tear toilet paper from the roll, I lose it.

As I rant, her face is forbearing but firm. She holds her pile of folded laundry perfectly steady. My tirade is just a fraction of the pre-Shabbat uproar of tantrums, whistling kettle, beeping microwave, high-volume radio, chair-dragging, clinking plates and silverware that fill my big sister’s small apartment. I take a deep breath in the middle of a loud sentence.

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