Moved By Freida Sima
You’ve done it again. I could hardly wait to read the latest monthly installment of the Freida Sima series (“The Courtship of Freida Sima,” front page essay, Dec. 18). I was moved beyond words when I read how Freida Sima finally met her match, Mordche, only because of the relentless insistence of her friend that she come to a party.
I vividly recalled how, back in 1950, I met my wife-to-be only because my summer-job laundry customer, Mrs. Buxbaum, insisted that I drive her to the Tabrisky’s beach home in Nantasket Beach, Mass. Perhaps Mrs. Tabrisky would become my customer, she explained. As we chatted in the doorway with Mrs. Tabrisky, out from an upstairs room appeared a young woman, Irene, whom I immediately knew was for me. I was 24 years old, about to enter MIT for my graduate studies.
When Mrs. Buxbaum sensed our mutual attraction, she asked Mrs. Tabrisky for a tour of the house, leaving Irene and me to talk together. As with Freida Sima and her Mordche, it was bashert. I weep openly now as I write this to you. It was a wonderful marriage. Irene died 20 years ago. I am now 89 and still miss her.
Of course, I look forward to the next installment in the Frieda Sima series. It’s wonderfully moving and so well written.
The Jewish Press has real heart and soul.
Los Angeles, CA
Re “Confessions of a Hechsher Hunter” (op-ed, Dec. 25):
How funny. My husband is the same way. Everywhere we go he trolls the aisles for kosher products. When we were first married 43 years ago there were very few kosher markets. The number of products was limited and choices were few.
On a trip to Cape Cod in 1973, we brought our own hot dogs and grill from home but forgot the buns. Imagine our delight when we found hot dog buns with the VH of Massachusetts hechsher in a supermarket.
In 1973 that was a huge discovery. We were so happy! Being away from New York, we felt it was a real find.
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Rav Schwab On Chillul Hashem
I always enjoy and learn from Dr. Yitzchak Levine’s “Glimpses Into American Jewish History” column. Last month’s article on Rav Schwab was no exception, and I look forward to reading Part Two in the Jan. 1 issue.