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Chasya Rachel

The World of Memories

September 12, 2010, by

My earliest childhood memory of the synagogue on Yom Kippur was being told to leave. “Go outside now and play,” my parents and grandparents instructed me. “Children aren’t allowed to be in here when we say yizkor.” Yizkor, the world of memories, prayers for the deceased; it had all the attraction and appeal of something

Old Fashioned

August 24, 2010, by

They called it the “old synagogue”, and they called him the “old rav”, and he did so many things in the “old fashioned” way, that we completely lost our patience. So we didn’t want to sit there… when he gave his speeches in Yiddish. And we didn’t understand why… he still dressed in the style