Blood Lines

Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Date

Fall 2002

Publication Title

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues






(First paragraph) The salty ocean air was pleasantly mixed with smoke rising from gas grills using volcanic stones, plain old-fashioned ones using regular coals, and smokers using mesquite wood chips. As my American husband and I stepped out of our car and walked around to the back yard of the Bechars, the only African Sephardi family in Virginia Beach that Fourth of July, the aroma of sizzling hot dogs and hamburgers stirred our appetite. In her all- American neighborhood, Sonia welcomed us with a platter of spicy Tunisian meat and herbs rolled in phyllo dough and fried to perfection. I made myself comfortable by her pool, feeling at home as I took in the pleasing aroma of the lamb kabobs that Sonia's Moroccan husband was turning over the charcoal. I knew that my husband, standing next to him, found wonderfully adventurous and exotic what was so familiar and comforting to me.

Original Publication Citation

Goldin, F. (2002). Blood lines. Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, 5, 174-179. www.jstor.org/stable/40326559