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Barbara Myerhoff

Barbara Myerhoff

"Now...Barbara was what you would call a secular Jew. She didn't strictly observe the Jewish laws. But she was a very spiritual person always on the lookout for miracles. I'll tell you a story about that.

"One time we were teaching one of our workshops, and we were going to do some sort of ritual. I decided that I needed a feather for my part of the ritual, and there's an exotic bird store down on Bleeker Street that I thought might give me some long multi-colored feather that would be perfect. But when we got there it was closed. I was very disappointed. We walked away, and when we got to the corner, there in gutter, in the muck, lay a grungy grey pigeon feather. And Barbara picks it up and goes, "See, it's a miracle, it's b'shert, this is the feather that was meant for you. And, you know, in that moment I believed it. It was a miracle..."

--Arthur Strimling

1. Strimling, Arthur. All That Our Eyes Have Witnessed. Unpublished script. 1988.

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