Rosh Hashana with two (dead) rabbis

18.09.2012                      02.Tischrei. 5773                      Rosch Haschanah 2

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Rosh Hashana with two (dead) rabbis

A one-week trip to western Ukraine explores the reality behind the "Fiddler on the Roof" misconceptions of shtetl life.

It was over 38º Centigrade in the car, all the windows were closed, and our feet were so swollen from the heat that they looked like inflated surgical gloves. “Ukrainians have a pathological fear of cold drafts,” my guide Alex Denisenko whispered to me and my husband, Paul. “Our driver would rather die of heat prostration than turn on the air conditioner. Are you sure you want to drive the extra four hours to visit the rabbis?”….