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In "Mewsings: My Life as a Jewish Cat," the beloved Ketzel pontificates, in rhyme, on what it takes to be a devout calico in a modern Jewish household, especially during the High Holidays. Whether chasing after dreidels (spinning) tops—or latkes—at Hanukkah, taste-testing gefilte fish in preparation for Passover, listening to biblical tales before Rosh Hashanah--or merely observing life & customs on travels to Iceland, Hawaii and New Zealand, Ketzel in her musings accords her own Jewish Mamma a five-meow rating for goodness, mercy and above all, fancy feasts.
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About the Author
Concert pianist-turned-journalist Greta Beigel was raised in an Orthodox Jewish household in South Africa during the era of apartheid. A piano prodigy she experienced a lonely childhood growing up in Johannesburg, and looking back, it would have been nice to have a cat for company--a fun-loving, clever kitty like Ketzel, queen protagonist of "Mewsings"-- whilst slaving away at the keyboard. Greta competed for--and won--an overseas scholarship from the University of South Africa, and soon emigrated to California where she reunited with her long-lost Yiddishe father Richard who had left the family when she was ten. Her longing to know more about her Dad led her to visit Lativa and share all in the short story, "A Jew from Riga." Greta went on to become a journalist specializing in classical music coverage, working for many years as a staff writer and arts editor at the Los Angeles Times. Now she has authored three e-books, and to her surprise, all have turned out to be Jewish themed, including the memoir, "Kvetch: One Bitch of a Life." These days Greta also writes about pets and remains a member of the Cat Writers' Assn.