How does the past shape contemporary Jewish experience in Canada? How does it feel to be Jewish today? These are the questions that inform Volume 1 of The New Spice Box, an aromatic blend of poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction by writers who probe all matters Jewish.
Nora Gold dares to reconceive the biblical story of Joseph as Yosepha. For Seymour Mayne, an aunt’s comforter transported from Poland to the New World evokes a lost past. Chava Rosenfarb's Bergen Belsen diary takes us back to the almost unimaginable moment of liberation, while Yiddish is a vital force for Karen Shenfeld's father.
Across this collection, the past is given new life and meaning by authors who write from their Canadian experience and sensibility. This is a new window on Canadian Jewish writing: its vista is expansive and the view, unmatched. Come take a look.
Part One: Voice
Helen Weinzweig, "My Mother's Luck"
Shulamis Yelin, "Shekspir Was Jewis"
Sharon Nelson, "The Liberation"
S. Weilbach, "The Linoleum-Floored Room"
Libby Scheier, "Cut Flowers"
Seymour Mayne, "The Story of My Aunt's Comforter"
Ron Charach, "One Laughing Uncle"
Matt Cohen, "Trotsky's First Confessions"
David Solway, "Acid Blues"
J.J. Steinfeld, "The Idea of Assassination, Toronto, 1973"
Karen Shenfeld, "Theatre Doctor"
Karen Shenfeld, "My Father's Hands Spoke in Yiddish"
Kenneth Sherman, "Who Knows You Here?"
Part Two: Place
David Solway, "After the Flood"
Nora Gold, "Yosepha"
Ronna Bloom, "Personal Effects"
Chava Rosenfarb, "Bergen Belsen Diary, 1945"
Goldie Morgentaler, "My Mother's Very Special Relationship"
Ron Charach, "The Only Man in the World His Size"
Judith Kalman, "The County of Birches"
Robyn Sarah, "After the Storm"
Gabriella Goliger, "Maladies of the Inner Ear"
Sharon Nelson, "On Tasting Any Fruit for the First Time in the Season"
Susan Glickman, "Between God and Evil"
Eva Hoffman, "Exile"
Malca Litovitz, "Provincial Olive"
Elana Wolff, "Snow Bolls"
Naim Kattan, "Cities of Birth"
Part Three: Practice
Malca Litovitz, "The Welcoming"
Merle Nudelman, "The Sabbath Queen"
Ronna Bloom, "Yom Kippur, 1998"
Janis Rapoport, "Pesach 5735"
Gina Roitman, "Pesach en Provence"
Merle Nudelman, "The Finding"
Janis Rapoport, "From This Time Forth and Forever"
Libby Scheier, "Elat Chayyim"
Rhea Tregebov, "Some Notes on the Story of Esther"
Robyn Sarah, "Vidiu"
Susan Glickman, "(The) Others"
Elana Wolff, "Tikva"