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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 I’m from. These kinds of questions have been particularly loud lately, with Obama’s visit to Russia, which ended with him being ejected out of the country in a cannon
Usually, they ask me because I’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)