Serving up a blast from a Yiddish-writing past

01.10.2011                      03.Tischrei. 5772                      Haasinu

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Serving up a blast from a Yiddish-writing past

On the occasion of her 100th birthday, American author Bel Kaufman, granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem, summons up personal memories of the life of the illustrious Yiddish writer.

American author Bel Kaufman – an attractive, vivacious woman – recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Kaufman also happens to be the granddaughter of the renowned Sholem Aleichem. "One hundred!" she claps her hands, exclaiming in an affected, dramatic tone, "What is it with this age!?"
She has just opened the front door of her Manhattan apartment, and is wearing an elegant black dress that's been livened up by a floral-print flourish. Her light-colored hair is pulled back, and a friendly smile spreads across her face….