What Do You See? — A Fresh Start

She stared up at the late evening sky, trying to contemplate her own future. She couldn’t believe that the two of them, after all these years, had finally reached the end of the road. To him is was all a game, and she had been a willing player, turning a blind eye to the abuse. She kept thinking that this was a phase he was going through, and her method of dealing with it was to believe that it was something that would pass as he matured. And because of that, she treated him, and their relationship, with kid gloves. He’s only human, she figured.

But after a night out guzzling beer after beer with his idiot friends, he would come home and there would be hell to pay. How many times would she let him hit her before she would balk?

She finally got the courage to leave him. Now she was alone for the first time in a long time, but she wasn’t feeling lonely. She was feeling free, and as she watched the stars and the sliver of the moon above her, she had a sense of purity, and some optimism. She was getting a fresh start.


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Jasmin Chew @ Unsplash. Also for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt, where the theme is “the end of the road.” And for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (game/beer), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (method/figure), MMA Storytime (gloves), Ragtag Daily Prompt (human), Word of the Day Challenge (hit/purity), and Your Daily Word Prompt (balk).

12 thoughts on “What Do You See? — A Fresh Start

  1. Sadje March 29, 2021 / 10:52 pm

    I like your story Fandango. It’s time to be free from oppressive relationships and abuse. Thanks for including my prompt in your wonderful story.

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  2. Dave Williams March 30, 2021 / 3:54 am

    A very sad background of the relationship, yet ultimately a story of hope. I really like that she didn’t feel lonely after leaving him. The beauty of feeling good about the present and looking forward to the next steps in life.

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  3. mosckerr March 31, 2021 / 6:10 am

    Judaism 101: The morning of the 4th day of the Pesach, we Jews stand on the 3rd day of the Omer count.  The Omer count teaches a נמשל mussar whereby Jews count the day cleansed of avoda zara.  The count distance from biur chametz and the night of the Sedar Pesach where we Jews acknowledge that HaShem alone brought Israel out of Egypt.  The משל of biur chametz sanctifies as קודש. Which means exactly what?  That Jews commit to remove and distance themselves from chametz, similar to a nazir who likewise does so with grapes, what Jews do with chametz the entire chag of Pesach.  The נמשל of biur chametz, Jews search their houses and property to remove any and all foreign Gods.  Something as did Israel before  the revelation of the Torah at Sinai; comparable to La’van searching the tents of Yaacov looking for his God.

    Bottom line, the Haggadah teaches faith in the justice of HaShem which ipso facto rejects prayer offered to both idols or other Gods.  The 11th middle Blessing of the Shemone Esri,
    ולירושלים עירך ברחמים תשוב, ותשכן בתוכה כאשר דברת וכו’ וכסא דוד מהרה לתוכה תכין…

    Its central k’vanna makes discernment between oath brit sworn to HaShem from the worship of foreign imposter Gods/chametz.  The revelation of the Torah at Sinai excludes all other Gods.  Both rational or mystic belief based theologies, mussar mitzvot exclude from the inheritance of the brit Cohen nation.  Rational or mystic theology compares to avoda zara which once worshipped the stars in the Heavens as Gods; the latter – an inheritance given to all Mankind.  Only Israel accepted the Torah revelation of HaShem at Sinai.  Mussar commands middot, tohor middot.  Ingestion of tohor middot causes the emotional irrational mind to mature due to developing wisdom, consequent to acquired life experience; lessons learned over and over again and again, until that novice becomes a master.

    Enslaved Israel had to learn how to make and work with bricks.  Wisdom enlightenment, attained through labor with bricks, likewise produced two great “tuma” Temples: courtroom righteous justice has priority over korbanot.  The logic skill that applies knowledge of bricks and their purposes, equally applies to many other subjects and walks of life.  On this basis stands all Common Law courtrooms of justice.  Rule #1 of the Torah faith:  Erect the Torah world – – through validation of established precedents. 

    A novice that reads T’NaCH and Talmud, basically limited his understanding to what his eyes immediately read from those books.  The style of the Baali-Tosafot – they brought precedents from other places within the Sha’s Talmud; their T’NaCH and Talmudic commentaries learn by way of bringing comparative precedents, comparative case/law, from other places within the Sha’s Talmud.  A novice can not duplicate the sh’itta of learning done by the Baali Tosafot; a commentary which consistently follows the sh’itta of learning through precedents; expressed throughout the Baali Tosafot’s commentary upon the Sha’s Bavli.

    The קודש of the Haggadah: it separates tefilla from prayer.  Both the worshipers of idols and the disciples of the Scientific method limit the reality of their Gods to 3 physical dimensions.  On par with the Ancient Greeks as expressed through the flaw of Euclid’s 5th axiom of geometry, or the absolute necessity required by all branches of Xtian theology, which demands that a physical Jesus once lived as a man within the lands of Judea over 2000 years ago. 

    Neither the idea of a myth or an imaginary Jesus can Church theology ever accept.  Therefore persons who pray, they – by definition – worship other Gods.  Why?  Because persons who pray have long ago embraced Goyim customs, cultures, practices and behaviors – all Goyim refused to accept the revelation of the Torah at Sinai; assimilated Jewry have likewise abandoned and rejected the cultures and customs practiced by the Cohed nation.  The רשע who asks one of the 4 questions, he excludes himself not only from the liberation from Egyptian g’lut, but even worse he excludes himself from the eternal inheritance of the Jewish people.  G’lut comes when the Cohen nation abandons tohor practices and assimilates unto foreign alien cultures and customs.

    Year by year Yidden repeats the salvation from Egyptian bondage.  Slowly the dawn breaks and Yidden perceive much more than the טפש פשט of remembering the suffering and salvation from the bondage of Egyptian slavery, an event that happened thousands of years in the past, yet whose meaning applies to our situational lives.  Specifically, that HaShem and no other God or Angel redeemed slaves from g’lut. 

    In the beginning: Yosef reveals his hidden identity unto his brothers, to the latter dedication of korbanot by the sons of Aaron, avodat HaShem stands separate and apart from prayers offered unto other Gods.  קודש.  The Haggadah of Seder Pesach teaches the קודש: HaShem commands the 613 mitzvot over the tuma of the worship of other Gods.  Do not follow after the culture or customs practiced by the Goyim who refused to accept the revelation of the Torah at Sinai.  To understand the 613 requires a strong knowledge of classic Jewish cultural practices and customs.  Tuma attempts to divorce the 613 from the cultural background of Jewish culture, customs, practices, and ways.  The Torah refers to this crime by the name of avoda zarah.  Prayer – the opposite of tefilla.  Persons who worship other Gods …… they pray.

    Persons who worship other Gods, they know nothing of the pre-condition which tohor makes upon both mitzva observance in general and tefilla in particular.  They assume that korbanot compare to primitive Bar BQ’s offered up to Gods who live in the Heaven – as do the stars in the skies.  They do not grasp that tefilla functions as a sign of the brit faith, on par with brit melah, shabbot, and tefillen.  Tefilla means the dedication of tohor middot unto HaShem alone, as learned directly from the Chumash and NaCH: that HaShem accepts our korban tefilla middot dedications as קודש, and rejects the prayers Goyim pray unto their foreign Gods, by judging those alien Gods with curses and plagues.

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  4. leigha66 April 2, 2021 / 11:18 pm

    Escaping a life like that… good for her! Glad she feels free! Great ending to a sad story.

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