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Empty the ocean with a spoon : growing up with the customs, traditions and superstitions of a Jewish home
Sogolow, Rosalie, 1939-
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : Fithian Press, [1999]

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251 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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E184.36.S65 S65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A cornucopia of culture, this book is filled with Yiddish expressions and proverbs; traditions of love, marriage, food, and children; home remedies and cooking; manners and morals; religion; folk tales; and superstitions (bubbe meises). It also includes colorful accounts by people from all walks of life, including two rabbis, a cantor who is a seventh-generation Sabra, comedy writers, and journalists -- all recalling their own formative years and the Jewish influence in their lives.Whimsically illustrated by Jan Golden, this is a warm historical treasure for all Americans. Traveling down the road of nostalgia, the reader doesn't have to be Jewish to enjoy Empty the Ocean with a Spoon. But it couldn't hurt.

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Library Journal Review

Sogolow, an English as a Second Language teacher with Jewish Family Services in California, looks back on her childhood and the stories her grandparents told along with those told her by current students, friends, and family and attempts to empty the vast ocean of our [Jewish] heritage in spoon-sized observations and anecdotes so that the heritage will continue to live on in us, and through us into the future. Aspects of Jewish life and traditionfrom the observation of the Sabbath and Jewish holidays to folk remedies, proverbs, wit and wisdom, and Jews personal connection to Israelare included in a broad, discursive style and affectionate tone that make the book a loving surrogate grandmother for younger Jews and an ideal discussion-starter for older ones. Highly recommended.Marcia G. Welsh, Guilford Free Lib., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.