Saying goodbye to the grandmother I argued with
At times we sounded like Netanyahu and Obama, except that Netanyahu doesn’t interrupt his lectures to inquire if Obama has had enough to eat.
My grandmother, Adele Pienaar, who died last Friday, was a connoisseur of lost worlds. She called herself “Spanish”—her maiden name, Albeldas, matches a town in northeastern Spain—although the Iberian Peninsula has been largely barren of Jews for 500 years. Her social circle was primarily composed of Jews from the Isle of Rhodes, the place to which her Spanish ancestors migrated, although most Jewish life in...
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