Josh Rolnick’s short story collection, Pulp and Paper, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, selected by Yiyun Li. His most recent stories appeared in Boulevard (spring 2021) and Meridian (spring 2020). Previous short stories have won the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize and The Florida Review Editors’ Choice Prize. His stories have also been published in Harvard Review, Western Humanities Review, Bellingham Review, and Gulf Coast. He is a faculty lecturer at the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program, an instructor at Sackett Street Writers, and fiction editor at Paper Brigade, the literary annual of the Jewish Book Council.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: While “Eulogy” is a work of fiction, several lines in the rabbi’s eulogy were taken from an actual eulogy delivered by Rabbi Bennett F. Miller honoring my father, Dr. Jerome Rolnick, of blessed memory, on July 3, 2015. I remain grateful for those words, which helped inspire this story and bring me comfort to this day. They are used here with permission.