The Slaughterman’s Daughter, pp. 84 – 85

When he saw Fanny, he tugged at his beard and said, “Everyone is leaving.”

“Who is leaving, Reb Halperin?” she asked.

“You might as well ask who is not leaving,” he said. “The Weissmans are leaving, and the Rosensteins and the Grossmans and the Alhermans.”

“Where are they going, Reb Halperin?”

“You’d better ask where they are not going. Some go to Ellis Island and some to Berlin and some to St. Petersburg and some to Palestine.”

“And what is wrong with that?” she asked.

“And what is good about that?” he said.

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