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Grey Goose vs. Black Bear
The bridge between Russian-Jewish relations is paved with rail drinks
By Vicki Boykis
Often, when I am at one Jewish gathering or another, people ask me where Iâ€™m from. These kinds of questions have been particularly loud lately, with Obamaâ€™s visit to Russia, which ended with him being ejected out of the country in a cannon
Usually, they ask me because Iâ€™m wearing my â€œAsk me about my post-Soviet Jewish Troublesâ€ button. â€œOh, so gledd yu esked mi,â€ I reply perkily, dusting it off. â€œAi em from Ruhsha. Mai famili eemigrated ven de Soviet Union kollapsed een 1991.â€
â€œOh, how was that,â€ the unsuspecting party usually asks sympathetically, associating Russia with refuseniks, Natan Sharansky and vodka made of 50% rubbing alcohol.
â€œIt was pretty bad,â€ I say, conveniently omitting the fact that I was only five years old and the most stress I faced when leaving Russia was spilling airline food onto myself one hour into our trans-Atlantic flight. (more)