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Bruce Drake

“My Shtetle Vizna,” from the Yizkor book of Slutsk in Belarus presents a vivid and wonderful slice of daily life during a week in the town — from the bustling of the market place to the celebration of the Sabbath. (Vizna is west of Slutsk, near Bialystock.” It begins with the author’s mother driving the family’s cow along with a stick, the Jews dashing to synagogue, a woman hawking her pierogis, and the meticulous preparations and observation of the Sabbath, described in great detail. After services, the author remembers, as a boy, strolling “past the ritual bath, to the woods. We talk, swing on the trees and I hear words in the swaying of the branches. I touch a leaf and feel a pulse in my body. I lie down in the grass. My gaze wanders toward the tops of the tall trees. On the way home, fields with stalks of corn spread before us, swaying, bowing, falling to their knees; they are speaking to us.” 

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel