Back in Time – Thinking of Grandparents

I was thinking about my Bubbe and Zayde’s row home, full of old, dark furniture, when I came across this story.  So it had extra resonance.  (This sideboard wasn’t really from their home — but reminds me of the carvings and intricacy of their heavy pieces and of the benches described in this piece.)

Here’s a beautifully written story about the life of a synagogue founded 125 years ago. The last line is exquisite: “As the autumn light faded, people filed out of the museum and back into the sights and smells of today’s Lower East Side. But inside the historic synagogue, a new group of visitors sat on the sanctuary’s carved wooden benches and listened intently to their guide.”

If you enjoy history, nostalgia, and daydreaming, I think you’ll like it.

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