My Mother Gets some Good News

Falkís studies are progressing well. Home for the holidays, his father gives him a little quiz on the Talmud, and discovers to his joy that his son is well on his way to becoming a fine scholar. Falkís mother, hardly able to believe her good fortune, insists that they get a second opiniont; so they take him to town to see the Rabbi of Kamenetz. The result is the every question, Falk has a ready answer. The rabbi takes the elder Zolf aside, and assures him that, God willing, he will have plenty of "nakhis" from his clever son. For his motherís reaction to this wonderful news, read the following excerpt from Chapter Twenty: