The Devil's Arithmetic

what shocked hannah when she opened the door?

hannah is a girl in the story

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Hannah opens the door to greet the prophet. It is a symbolic act that they do during their festivities. Suddenly she finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to Poland in the 1940s. She is now called Chaya, and is living with her Aunt Gitl and Uncle Shmuel on a village farm.

to greet a prophet