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  1. Margie says:

    I loved this Passover story. What an interesting perspective on what freedom can mean to people with different perspectives on what is confining. Chag sameach!

  2. Beatriz Tabak says:

    Breaking Point is one of the stories that I can empathize with, and I like it a lot. Our Grandparents and Parents being immigrants in the 19 and 20th century, and ourselves immigrating as well, there are so many funny stories we can share

  3. Gloria Beil-Phillips says:

    Very endearing story Leora…reminding me of the stories my mama told me when I was a little girl. I always asked for a story about a princess(perhaps a Jewish one?!:)) She repeatedly told me these stories, and also read to me especially Dr. Seuss’ “To Think That It Happened on Mulberry Street”, which was the last line, and no matter how ,any times she told it, it always made me laugh and surprised me a little!
    Chag Sameach, Happy Hanukkah and Happy (secular) New Year to you and your family.

  4. Laya says:

    Lovely story- I like the comment on the New York accent. Did Evan and Joannie enjoy the bear meat?

  5. Gloria Beil-Phillips says:

    Yes, you can’t learn everything in books…you have to open your eyes, be mindful and be present! This story seemed a little different in style- more allegorical? I liked it !

  6. Sirius says:

    Little story today (“Prophet River”)was very interesting. You are a brave woman, Leora. Never in TWO BILLION YEARS would you find me up north, looking for rabbits to eat.

    • Leora Freedman says:

      Ha-ha! Just for the record, I myself have never eaten a rabbit, though I do know people who have–cooked in peanut butter. I’m a vegetarian, but that is a southern luxury as I think the story makes clear.

    • laya crust says:

      Lovely. Jerry must have had some good entertainment at the southerners’ expense.

  7. Gloria Beil-Phillips says:

    Beautifully descriptive writing. The best one yet!

  8. Georgia Wilder says:

    This is a delightful story! Could the Quakers in the story wear buttons? I wasn’t sure of the level of irony here.

    • Leora Freedman says:

      Interesting question! Actually, these Quakers in mid-twentieth century Brooklyn did not wear the “Plain Dress.” They wore the mainstream clothing typical of that era. I understand that many of the older generation at that time still sometimes used the “Plain Speech” (i.e. thee and thou) although the younger generation apparently did not.

  9. gloria Beil-Phillips says:

    Beautiful, Leora. Joan Baez’ rendition of ‘Silkie’ was one of my favorite songs when I was in college too!

  10. Ruth-Anne says:

    Nice! Calm and serene…which is the way I picture their CT country excursions.

  11. laya crust says:

    I loved your story and the quiet irony. It made me laugh. Thanks so much, Laya

  12. frieda forman says:

    So many of the stories gladden my heart, but some are first in line :the excerpt from your book is a wonderful foreshadowing of the miracles that await us.

  13. Sirius says:

    Congratulations on your new book. I will definitely look it up on Amazon and get one. I love this little story below.

  14. Ruth-Anne Ring says:

    I just read Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride which was a town read. Are miracles “in”? (Torah miracles are always “in”) Celia’s thought of her daughter’s survival in the wilderness sounds hopeful and perhaps it is. I’ll want to read more. Good luck on it’s debut edition!
    Love,
    Ruth-Anne

  15. RAR says:

    Nice. I liked this! Shall I assume your next story will begin where this one ends?

  16. Georgia says:

    I love that Debby survives the “fairy-tale stepmother” with such grace and nonchalance. I always look forward to your stories, Leora!

  17. gloria Beil-Phillips says:

    Such a charming and heartwarming story. (‘Herman Goodman’)
    Happy Chanukah Leora, to you and the family.

  18. Dan Tucker says:

    Nice story, Leora! Hope you’re well.

  19. Worldtraveler says:

    Very cute and fun to read (‘Herman Goodman’).

  20. gloria Beil-Phillips says:

    Just re-read ‘Singing Romances to the Snake’…seems like we need Yechida’s mother right now!!

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