A Puzzle

Puzzle: A man is sitting by a window, writing. He stops. He opens the window and calls to some kids playing in the courtyard. One comes over.

“How old are you?” the man asked.

“Six” the boy said.

“Do you have a brother?”

“Yes; he’s eight.” “He’ll do. Call him over.” said the man.

Who is the man and what does he want?

Answer: The man is a scribe, writing in Hebrew, on a part of the Torah scroll. He has written a letter in a word that might look like another letter that it closely resembles. He needs the word of a kid who has just learned to read but doesn’t read well enough to self-correct. If the kid reads the word correctly, the word will stand. If he reads the word incorrectly, the entire sheer will have to be done over.

Books

Jubilee Year 2019
All I’ve Done for You
2016
Miri Who Charms
2009
Appearances 2006
In This Sign
1970
I never Promised You a Rose Garden
1964