Ellen Golub is the author of PsychoSemitic, a comic novel in the tradition of Sholem Aleichem. She also is author of the newly released second edition of the J Girl’s Guide. For several years she taught American Jewish literature at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a long-time journalist in the Jewish press. She writes from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, where she is working with Shulamit Reinharz on feminist interpretations of the parshiot.
By Ellen Golub
A Shtetl Cow Named Vashti
In Europe, my bubbe’s family owned a cow named Vashti. They were too poor to drink her milk or eat her cheese — this they sold to Jews more well-to-do than themselves — but they managed to subsist, from day to day, on the meager earnings derived from Vashti’s dairy products. It was my bubbe’s…
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