Zipora, Malka. Rather laugh than cry; stories from a Hassidic household.

Author:Julian, Janet
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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ZIPORA, Malka. Rather laugh than cry; stories from a Hassidic household. Vehicule Press. 186p. illus, c2007 978-1-55065-220-8. $15.95. SA

Twenty-five brief stories of a Hassidic household describe Zipora's life in Montreal with her husband and 12 children. She originally wrote for small Orthodox Jewish magazines in her close-knit community, but fortunately decided to broaden her audience. There is still much detail about Jewish culture, but also tales of new computer technology, sending children off to school, redecorating, cooking, bedtime for reluctant youngsters, Canadian winters, the perfect alarm clock, hand-me-down clothes, pet fish and telephonitis. Serious subjects such as the Holocaust, pogroms, and politics are also included. Religious and cultural terms are...

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