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“Binyamin? Binyamin, do you get a mazel tov?” Shikovitzer pressed the telephone receiver to his ear. There was a lot of static on the line, and he could hardly recognize his young friend’s voice. “Binyamin?”
“Yes, it’s me. Hello, Mr. Shikovitzer.”
“Do you get a mazel tov, Binyamin?” Yitzchak repeated the question.
“Me? Not yet.”
His former neighbor was shocked. “But I met your father…”
“My younger brother got engaged,” Binyamin said lightly. “To a girl from a wonderful family, baruch Hashem.”
“Oh, so I guess I didn’t understand your father.” An awkward silence ensued on the Yerushalmi side of the line. “We met for a moment as I got onto the bus and he was getting off. He told me something about an engagement…I thought he was talking about you.”
“B’ezras Hashem, b’ezras Hashem.”