16 to 18Blintzes
By Jayne Cohen
For very poor Jews in Eastern Europe, summer fruits from Edens like the one in Aleichem’s story below were not meant for casual indulgences. The orphaned hero recalls longingly the one peach he ate years before—a Sabbath treat. The entire harvest of Menashe’s beautiful pink-streaked peaches was destined for the jam pot. Other Jews reserved their precious fruits—especially berries and cherries—for juice to be drunk strictly for medicinal purposes.
Here the irresistible combination of