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What The Wall Hears

Personal Checks.8, Cash

When the Golds bought the
he in-laws invited you for burg" and her husband, Ben, was
Arrow
Horseradish Co. in the ear-
a
man
of
many
phrases
("I'll
fix
Purim and you're looking
ly 1950s, the company took off,
forward to it — with about your wagon!" was a favorite).
They were Jewish. They were big-time, and eventually moved
as much enthusiasm as
that meeting next week with the New Yorkers. They all rode the into the red brick building on
McDonald Ave. underneath the
accountant. You can't wait to trolleys.
Anyone with a taste for the elevated tracks where the Coney
hear how much you owe the IRS.
During the meal, your in-laws, past, for Delancey Street and Island trolley passed every few
who recently started attending delis and Skee-Ball, will enjoy minutes.
For myself it always was a dou-
Jewish adult-education classes, trolleying down memory lane in
ask whether you've told your chil- Stan Fischler's Confessions of ble-kick; riding the streamliners
a Trolley Dodger from Brook- and then inhaling the pungent
dren the story of Purim.
aroma of horse-
of
story
The
radish. Or, as
Purim. You mean
Marc (Gold,
there's a story behind
now in charge
it?
of the company)
For everyone who
put it, 'I can go
doesn't know much
in the back of
about the holidays
the factory, in-
(and for those who do
hale and go,
but are eager to learn
"AHHH!" and
more), Lesli Koppel-
be
perked up for
man Ross has writ-
the
rest of the
ten Celebrate: The
day. Horserad-
Complete Jewish
ish recharges
Holidays Hand-
you. That's the
(Jason
Aron-
book
way to live your
son).
life. Get a cou-
Each chapter of
ple
of little hob-
the book focuses on a
bies, eat
Jewish holiday, from
horseradish
Pesach to the six
and you're fine.'
fasts to Yom
My memo-
Hashoah. It includes
ries of horse-
information about
radish date
why the holiday is
back to the fam-
observed, appropri-
ily Passover
ate songs, stories and
dinners. Both
food for the day, ritu-
my grandfa-
al items used and the
ther, Simon,
religious significance
and my father
of the occasion.
devoured horse-
Had you looked at
radish as if it
the book before head-
P. TIKTINER/G. FEINBLATT/MEDIA
was candy. I
ing off for your in- Preparing for Sukkot in Israel.
would watch in
laws' home, for
amazement
as
they'd
gulp down
example, you would have learned lyn (H&M Productions), the sto-
about Haman's plan to kill the ry of riding trolleys throughout a forkful without even wincing
Jewish people 2,500 years ago. Jewish New York in the 1930s while the white stuff brought croc-
odile tears to my eyes."
You would have known about the and 1940s.
possible connection between the Filled with numerous photos,
ineteenth-century French
Amalekites (the tribe that at- Confessions recounts the author's
Jewry was a community
tacked the Israelites wandering discovery of a new acting four-
facing two very different
in the desert) and the Nazis. You some called the Marx Brothers,
options: emancipation/
would have been able to discuss of dashing home from P.S. 54 for
modernity
and tradition.
with your in-laws why God's chocolate milk and graham
had changed with
name does not appear in the Book crackers before heading off for the the Everything
French Revolution. Now, it
why
we
give
tzedakah
New
Hebrew
School,
and
of
rid-
of Esther,
and mishloach manot on the day, ing the Flatbush Avenue Line to was up to the Jews to decide
and whether you should continue Garfield's cafeteria and the RKO which changes to make, and
which it would be better without.
Kenmore.
sitting shiva during Purim.
The Shaping of Jewish
There's
even
a
chapter
(corn.-
Ms. Koppelman Ross, a Jew-
ish educator and artist in Chica- plete with photos) with the Identity in Nineteenth-Cen-
go, is the author of numerous unlikely focus of trolley-car dis- tury France (Wayne State Uni-
articles that have appeared in asters. A 1947 blizzard "brought versity Press), by Jay Berkovitz,
considers the problems and
Cosmopolitan, Redbook and the the entire city to a halt." A 1948 benefits
offered by the French
crash involved the Putnam Av-
New York Post.
Revolution and how these shaped
enue Line car and a truck.
In a chapter on the 1930s the Jewish community of the
owie Sparer was "the
streamliners,
Mr. Fischler re- time.
nicest guy you'll ever want
Chapters focus on the Revolu-
to meet." Norma Sparer counts the Gold's factory that con-
tion,
changes in rabbinic train-
tinues,
to
this
day,
to
produce
was the perfect big sister.
Molly Fischler was "the best some of the most flavorful horse- ing, new approaches to education
as a result of the emancipation,
broiler of lamb chops in Williams- radish around.

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