In the playful/educational "Mewsings: My Life as a Jewish Cat," the much-loved Ketzel pontificates in rhyme on what it takes to be a good Jew in these modern times. Clearly the author's alter ego, cat Ketzel celebrates the High Holidays, relishing the rituals and ethnic foods of her rich cultural heritage. Each fall, the feline remains in awe of Rosh Hashanah, expressing hope for peace on this Earth. But soon becomes anxious with the rapidly-approaching Day of Atonement--and mandated food fast. Comes Nov/December, Ketzel recalls those "Hanukkah Nights/Lights" dreaming of dreidels and latkes, and recounting how over eight nights we kindle candles as sacred rite. With the advent of spring and Passover, she listens attentively to tales of the Hebrews' escape from Egypt & slavery--all the while salivating over the gefilte fish she knows will be served during Seder celebrations. Above all, whether on travels to Iceland, New Zealand, and lovely Hawaii, or merely at home reclining and idle, Ketzel in her musings accords her own Yiddishe Mamma a five-meow rating.
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Published March 8, 2014
Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction.