Channel Esther: BOBST, a Serial Novel, Part XII

by Esther Cohen To read earlier installments, search “Bobst’ at right.   Rivka, living on Orchard Street, only 14, is in America from Lithuania. She is with her cousin Label and his family, working in a garment shop, beginning a new life, trying to understand what that new life might be. What would her life look like in […]

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Channel Esther: Books, Bread, and Roses

by Esther Cohen IN THE LATE 1970s and early ’80s when life was younger when my life was younger when the world I lived in was a very bright orange I ended up working for an unlikely man, a Protestant minister, high-minded, theologically versed, the kind of man who led Marches and gave speeches you wanted to write […]

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Channel Esther: BOBST, a Serial Novel, Part XI

by Esther Cohen To read the earlier installments of BOBST, search at right under “Bobst.” Shmuel Feigenbaum wrote to Rivka from South Africa. Both from Bobst, in Lithuania, they met briefly in Rivka’s uncle’s lending office. She was 14 and he was 11 years older. The year was 1903. Shmuel was working in a clothing […]

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Channel Esther: Bobst, a Serial Novel, Part IX

by Esther Cohen To read parts I-VIII, please search at right under “Bobst” NEW YORK was difficult for Rivka. Nothing looked or felt familiar. Especially smells. When she walked on the street to the subway, when she was on the subway itself, she didn’t know the words to say. Confused was probably closest. She was always confused. […]

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Channel Esther: Bobst, a Serial Novel, Part VIII

To read parts I-VII, please search at right under “Bobst” by Esther Cohen AN IMMIGRANT GIRL like so many others, entirely inexperienced with life outside her village, Rivka began to live in New York, leaving behind her small village, a family, and a man named Shmulik whom she met just once at her uncle’s lending office. She left […]

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Channel Esther: Bobst, a Serial Novel, Part VI

by Esther Cohen To read Part V, click here.   SHMUEL FEIGENBAUM, sixteen years older than Rivka, met her only once. It was on the High Holy Days when Rivka’s family visited Kaunas to see her uncle Mendel. Mendel was a little more prosperous than the rest. As a result, he had a different sort of wife, […]

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