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A Rosh HaShanah Memoir

It’s a beat-up, musty old book whose pages are spotted with cooking splashes. Jewish Cookery is the title, printed square in the middle of the front cover in angular letters resembling old-fashioned Yiddish print. Inside the front cover my father scrawled his signature and the date: Caracas, 1954. There is no ISBN number, but an […]

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On Washing Dishes

I have a small kitchen, no dishwasher. So I wash dishes by hand, sighing. Running the hot water, squeezing a little soap onto the sponge, I reflect that it could be worse. Women used to scrub their pots with bunches of reeds or palm fibers tied together. The water might have come from a cistern […]

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