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Sharing the WorkWhat My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)$
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Myra Strober

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034388

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034388.001.0001

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Banished to the Balcony, 1950–1953

Banished to the Balcony, 1950–1953

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(p.25) 2 Banished to the Balcony, 1950–1953
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Sharing the Work
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Myra Strober

John Donahoe

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034388.003.0002

Chapter 2 introduces me as a 9 year-old, fascinated with my grandfather’s morning prayers. I portray my mother, (who works full-time as a school secretary), my dad (a salesman in the men’s clothing industry), and my grandmother and her sister, (who are illiterate), and show the powerful love of Judaism I absorb from my grandfather (a waiter). My excitement about attending synagogue services is crushed when I am 12 and my mother tells me I’m no longer permitted to sit downstairs in shul with my grandfather. I boycott services that day, and then, when insult is heaped upon injury and I’m denied a Bat Mitzvah, I quit Hebrew School and refuse to attend the Bar Mitzvah of a classmate. My feminist sensibilities take root.

Keywords:   Judaism, Bat Mitzvah, Working mother, Illiteracy

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