On the eve of my first birthday as a grandmother, which happened to be the day of the eclipse, I wrote this manifesto down. It took courage, this but here I am. Like Thoreau before me, I headed out…to reflect upon the waters of a beloved lake and declared this: I am a grandma, not a Bubbe. It didn’t really take the momentous act of the world going dark for not quite three minutes, or this Jewish woman celebrating her birthday, to realize that my existence is light years away from that of… >> Read More
Some of my favorite life memories are with my Grandma Dede, who passed away just over a month ago. I particularly remember playing cards with her, including many games of Russian Bank.
For those…of you who didn’t have the pleasure of playing Russian Bank with Delia, here’s how it goes: it’s a two person solitaire-style card game, played with two decks. The goal is to get rid of all of your cards before your opponent does, and you do this by building up the center game board, solitaire… >> Read More
Many aspects of my childhood were challenging, but I made out like a bandit in the grandmother department. Both of mine are phenomenal. My grandmother Sylvia (aleha hashalom) was the best person I…have ever known. Selfless, hilarious, and wise, her advice was unmatched. Sylvia pulled no punches: she was steadfast in her beliefs and had a pickaxe where her tongue ought to be. Although she wasn’t formally educated, she was the sharpest person I have ever known, capable of running circles around the rest of us with… >> Read More
When my mother went off to college, her own mother painstakingly typed all of her family recipes out on a typewriter and assembled them into a book. She sent this book off to the University of…Florida with my mother, a little piece of home and familiarity tucked away inside her suitcase. But my mother doesn't like to cook, so the book traveled with her from apartment to apartment to house over the course of 30 years. Every now and again it would be pulled down from a shelf and dusted… >> Read More
Amy Kurzweil is a writer, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her debut book, a graphic memoir, "Flying Couch," was just published--and it's the story you've been wanting to read your entire life (even if…you didn't realize it yet)--about three generations of women: the narrator, the narrator's Jewish mother, and the narrator's Holocaust survivor grandmother. Essentially, it tells a coming-of-age story both for the narrator and for the narrator's bubbe, who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto alone. It's so good that The New York Times listed it as one of, “The… >> Read More