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Manischewitz: The Matzo Family: The Making of an American Jewish Icon
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Ms. Alpern has managed, by way of her thoroughly enjoyable and readable book, to invite us into the Manishewitz home, sharing with us their entry, during times of great economical hardship, into the business of making matzo readily available to families for their Passover seder, and seeing it as a mission.
The modesty of this family is to be admired, and we get a glimpse of the women behind the scenes, who dared not be too outspoken, yet managed many of the family matters with their unfailing intuition.
One can just sail through this book, and I would recommend it as a wonderful Chanukah/Christmas gift.
After reading the book, I bought a copy for an elderly friend of mine, also a Jewish immigrant from Europe, and she found many similarities in her life relating to the place of women, in particular, as reflected in this family history. She was very enthusiastic about the book.
The original photos, letters, and information about the company in more recent times, all add to make the book an important addition to the history of immigrants and their contribution to Americanlife and business. For me, the name Manischewitz is one of the first "brand" names I ever remember seeing as a child, so it was particularly interesting to read about the history of that "brand" and the family who created it.
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The main problem with this book is that it can't figure out whether it's a novel or a history book. The author herself admits that the book is a blend of fact and fiction (and it's... Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by Likes to eat Pi
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Anyone who grew up with a box of Manischewitz matzo in their pantry will find it interesting to read about the family that made the product. Read morePublished on December 19, 2008 by Book Girl