Channel Esther: “Fixing My Phone on Chanukah”

by Esther Cohen   THERE’S an Apple store on the Upper West Side where I went yesterday to fix the sound on my phone. Apple Greeter Agamemnon he said it means strong and inflexible born in Crete told me not to worry I’d leave happy for sure. Sent me downstairs to Odette from Senegal. She put […]

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Channel Esther: Bobst XX (The End – For Now)

by Esther Cohen To read previous installments, search “BOBST” in our search box, or click here. Dear Jewish Currents Readers, Last week’s Bobst installment was the story’s secret ending, for now. Here’s another one, a wrap-up. What happens next will be another story. Esther Cohen RIVKA CAME to America. Like many, she found herself in the […]

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Channel Esther: Bobst XIX

by Esther Cohen To read previous installments, search “BOBST” at right.   RIVKA WAS RAISED to think about her family. Family always came first. Over and over her parents repeated variations of this unalterable dictum. Family family family. That was their life and their world. Of course grandparents were included, all those uncles and all those […]

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Channel Esther: BOBST, a Serial Novel, Part XVIII

by Esther Cohen To read previous installments, search “BOBST” at right.   FIVE WOMEN from the meeting walked home in the same direction. They all lived on the Lower East Side,  near one another, in crowded tenements full of immigrants, young people and old.  Many spoke Yiddish. Bella, the oldest, a married mother, spoke to Rivka gently. “I’m sure […]

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Channel Esther: BOBST XVII

by Esther Cohen To read earlier installments, search “Bobst” in search engine at right.   RIVKA WENT TO A MEETING organized by a woman named Clara, from the factory. She’d never been to a meeting before.  Her family in Romania had been religious, and all she knew of groups were family members eating, or in the synagogue. […]

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Channel Esther: BOBST, a Serial Novel, Part XVI

by Esther Cohen To read earlier installments, search “Bobst” in search engine at right.   ON A COLD October night, more winter than fall, windy and dark by 6 o’clock, the women met in Clara’s Aunt Thea’s apartment, bigger than some, on the corner of Rivington and Essex. The year was 1909. The boroughs had become one consolidated city only […]

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Channel Esther: Kol Nidre 5778

by Esther Cohen Kol Nidre is Aramaic for All Vows.  Sung, it is wildly deeply beautiful.  We all need forgiveness.   Forgive me   forgive me for arrogance for acting as though I know more than you as though I know better wanting you to do things different from your instincts you never have to go […]

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CHANNEL ESTHER: BOBST, A SERIAL NOVEL, PART XV

by Esther Cohen To read earlier installments, search “BOBST” at right. The women working together grow closer. Clara presents Rivka with a choice.   “IF YOU ORGANIZE, you’ll be fired,” Mr. G. said to Clara. He repeated this more than once. “You will lose your job,” he said, more annoyed than angry that she wouldn’t just do what […]

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Channel Esther: BOBST, a Serial Novel, Part XIV

by Esther Cohen To read earlier installments, search “BOBST” at right.   A young Jewish girl named Rivka comes to New York City at the beginning of the 20th century. She meets a woman named Clara at the garment factory where she works. CLARA, eight years older than Rivka, Clara, soon after immigrating to the United […]

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Channel Esther: BOBST, a Serial Novel, Part XIII

by Esther Cohen To read earlier installments, search “BOBST” at right.   Uncle Label takes his young niece Rivka to see people in New York.    “COME,” LABEL SHOUTED. “Come with me.” He grabbed Rivka’s small thin hand, her white hand that was so much a girl’s, a hand that had hardly been touched. Her instinct was to […]

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