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, 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, 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 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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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: 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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