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"Asmodai in Portland" a story from New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family

by Gail A.R. Pasternak

Why did I come to Portland? I should have stayed in Los Angeles. There were plenty of Jews ripe for temptation there. You would think that I, Asmodai, King of Demons, would feel at home there. But I didn’t. It was the sunshine. That infernal sun keeps even the most downhearted hopeful. How depressing. Even the smog couldn’t cheer me up. So I left my henchmen in L.A. and made my way north to Portland, Oregon, the place they call the City of Roses. I must have been desperate; I hate roses.