Rifke (Rosalie Wise Sharp) grew up in North Toronto, which felt to her like a foreign place because there were no other Jewish families there in the late 1930s. Yiddish was spoken in her household, and the food, dress, and customs of Ozarow -- the Polish shtetl (small Jewish town) from which her parents emigrated -- were all maintained. Rifke's peers took lessons in tap-dancing, ice-skating, the piano, and the flute; activities that didn't translate into the Yiddish vocabulary at the Wises, where only hard work, no nonsense ...

Rifke: An Improbable Life 2009, Penguin Global, Toronto

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