Mewsings: My Life as a Jewish Cat [NOOK Book]

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A beloved cat called Ketzel pontificates, in rhyme, on what it takes to be a devout calico in a religious houshold in these modern Jewish times. Whether chasing after dreidels (spinning tops)--or latkes--during Hanukkah, taste-testing gefilte fish prior to Passover, listening to biblical tales before Rosh Hashanah or merely observing life&customs in Iceland or New Zealand, Ketzel in her musings remains true to prevailing dogma, all the ...
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A beloved cat called Ketzel pontificates, in rhyme, on what it takes to be a devout calico in a religious houshold in these modern Jewish times. Whether chasing after dreidels (spinning tops)--or latkes--during Hanukkah, taste-testing gefilte fish prior to Passover, listening to biblical tales before Rosh Hashanah or merely observing life&customs in Iceland or New Zealand, Ketzel in her musings remains true to prevailing dogma, all the while according her own Jewish Mamma a five-meeow rating for goodness, mercy and fancy feats.

FROM THE AUTHOR: I'm often asked how "Mewsings" came about. Well, floating one fall afternoon at a North Shore beach on Oahu, Hawaii, and feeling somewhat anxious about the the fast-approaching Day of Atonement, I heard myself engaging in make-believe catty conversation: "Oh my," a plump ginger tabby begins, "Oh my, I'm so worried. It's nearly Yom Kipppur and what happens if my Mama forgets to feed me?" A kindly Siamese neighbor, generally prone to preaching faith, generosity and love, responds: "Don't worry kitty. You can share my dish of fish. I'm not Jewish. I can eat all I want." Talk soon centers on Hanukkah happenings and love of latkes and spinning tops. Of all my creations, "Mewsings: My Life as a Jewish Cat," tugs most at my heart. I love having cat Ketzel purr away as we prepare Passover dishes, and sit alongside at the Seder table. It's so good to have her accompany me on a visit to Iceland, and express surprise at the lack of Jewry in this land of lava and mist. Most fun for me was including "Dubious Brethren in the Animal Kingdom," a series of meditations on assorted frogs, birds, one fat New Zealand hedgehog and a silly lorikeet I encountered on my many travels. And just in case some Yiddish terms seem remote, Ketzela, in her infinite wisdom has created a concluding glossary.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012540119
  • Publisher: gretabeige
  • Publication date: 11/24/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 16 KB

Meet the Author

Concert pianist-turned-journalist Greta Beigel was raised in an Orthodox Jewish household in South Africa during the era of apartheid. A piano prodigy she experienced a lonely childhood growing up in Johannesburg, and looking back, it would have been nice to have a cat for company--a fun-loving, clever kitty like Ketzel, queen protagonist of "Mewsings"-- whilst slaving away at the keyboard. Greta competed for--and won--an overseas scholarship from the University of South Africa, and soon emigrated to California where she reunited with her long-lost Yiddishe father Richard who had left the family when she was ten. Her longing to know more about her Dad led her to visit Lativa and share all in the short story, "A Jew from Riga." Greta went on to become a journalist specializing in classical music coverage, working for many years as a staff writer and arts editor at the Los Angeles Times. Now she has authored three e-books, and to her surprise, all have turned out to be Jewish themed, including the memoir, "Kvetch: One Bitch of a Life."
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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    You will love it!

    This is really great! A sweet cat and its "mom" and their travels and funny point of view. And, I learned a lot of Judaism. Check it out -- you will love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    If you want to smile you should read this book.

    This is one of the sweetest tales (haha) about a cat for both adults and children. I bought the book version and then found that there is also an audio version so I purchased that as well. I particularly enjoyed Ketzel's mewsings on New Zealand and Iceland. Cats have such droll humor and Ketzel caused me to chuckle in every chapter. A real treat as a gift.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

    The cat's out of the bag!

    The cat's out of the bag! This timeless treasure will warm your heart and Ketzel, the witty and whimsical Jewish calico, will delight you with her spunky narrative as she travels the globe celebrating every holiday and Jewish tradition. This is a perfect gift for children and adults, catlovers and travelers and anyone who enjoys the clever and playful use of the english language! BRAVO!



    Pen Name: Mewsician

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