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Barbara Sofer

Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day, Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others


Jerusalem Post

The Human Spirit: Tom Friedman’s grocer  

By Barbara Sofer

On the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul, the traditional Hebrew date of launching an intensified process of soul-searching, I find myself in my neighborhood grocery store in search of sweets. Later this morning, our oldest grandchild is to put on tefillin for the first time: a momentous event in our family life.

I need to buy the de rigueur wrapped toffees to throw while at the Western Wall.

Corner stores open early. Their proprietors meet the milkman and the bread distributors.

Many of the customers are children who pick up a roll and bag of chocolate milk on the way to camp. No cash necessary.

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