Author, Researcher, or Creator

Jon Papernick, Emerson CollegeFollow

Affiliation of Author, Researcher, or Creator

School of the Arts


Writing, Literature and Publishing


Jonathan Papernick

Resource Type


Publication, Publisher or Distributor

Not published

Publication Date

Winter 2022

Related Information

This play is adapted from Jonathan Papernick's short story "For As Long As The Lamp Is Burning," which appeared in the short story collection The Ascent of Eli Israel, Arcade, New York, 2002.

Brief Description

Miriam Bravermann, (Mama) a Holocaust survivor living in 1990’s Jerusalem believes the Nazis have stolen the mezuzah off her door post. Her adult son Avshalom is concerned that she’s beginning to lose her grip on reality and wants her to move in with him and his family. Mama has taken on the near holy responsibility of remembering, and refuses to accept that she may actually be forgetting.


One-act Play, Holocaust, awakened memories, adult children with aging mother, memory and forgetting, Jerusalem, antisemitism, Effects of trauma, Arab/Jewish relations

Preferred Citation Style


License Agreement




To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.