The rebbe announced his diagnosis that Tema was possessed by a dybbuk, the naked soul of a dead sinner condemned to wander the earth in restless torment. It was this dybbuk that was speaking through Tema's mouth insisting she would never get married, the rebbe explained.
Tova Reich is the author of the novels My Holocaust, The Jewish War, Master of the Return, and Mara. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, AGNI, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Wallant Book Award, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, as well as other prizes. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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