The Maiden of Ludmir–The Maiden Possessed

Nathaniel Deutsch

They called me before the heavenly family and posed the question to me, namely, what do I want to be done with me—whether I should return to health or die. I did not think for long and shortly gave my answer: I began with a biblical verse from King David: “I will not die but will live and declare the work of God.” I also cited the biblical verse “The dead do not praise God.”

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Originally published as a chapter of The Maiden of Ludmir: A Jewish Holy Woman and Her World, by Nathaniel Deutsch, University of California Press, 2003.

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