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Rather Laugh than Cry

Rather Laugh than Cry: Stories from a Hassidic Household

Malka Zipora


Rather Laugh than Cry is a glimpse into the daily life of a contemporary Hassidic woman living in a large urban setting. Malka Zipora is the pseudonym of a Montreal Hassidic woman who has raised a family of twelve children who now range in age between nine and thirty years old. Zipora has taken the unusual step of drawing back the curtain on her life as a Hassidic woman, and what she tells us about her everyday life gives us a very human view into a world that seems very much apart from the mainstream. But the stories clearly demonstrate that the lives of Hassidic mothers, wives, and members of a tightly-knit
community are not so very different from the lives of other women. With good humour, Zipora shares with the reader her daily struggles and allows us to go beyond the external things that set the Hassidic community apart—unusual clothing, the rejection of radio, TV, mainstream newspapers, and other media, and long-held traditions of staying apart from the world around them. The stories in Rather Laugh Than Cry are reflections of a family life that is familiar across boundaries of time and place.

Malka Zipora was born in Israel to Hungarian Holocaust-survivor parents. She grew up in South Africa before moving to Montreal where she raised her twelve children. Zipora has published over a hundred short stories in Orthodox Jewish magazines, as well as a children’s book.


ISBN:  1-55065-220-6, 978-1-55065-220-8
Price: CDN $19.95
US $15.95
Illustrated: No Cover:  Trade Paper
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 No. of Pages: 160 In Print: No

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