Weekly Unscrolled Torah Portion: B’har
“I liked my school, because my school was quiet. In retrospect it was also a dour place: The heavy shoes of rabbis and the stern heels of French teachers echoed through dark green hallways that smelled like old wet paper. This is not the sort of place a child would normally relish. More like something out of Pink Floyd’s The Wall.”
Mireille Silcoff is the author of the story collection Chez L’arabe, which was named one of the best books of 2014 by the Globe & Mail, CBC Books, Canadian Notes & Queries, the Montreal Gazette, The Walrus, and others. Chez L’arabe won the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Short Story, took second prize for the Danuta Gleed Award, was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, shortlisted for the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature, and was voted Canada’s favourite work of short fiction on CBC’s Canada Writes. Mireille has been a longtime weekend columnist with the National Post. She is also a contributor to the New York Times Magazine and other publications, the author of two books about recreational drug culture, and the founding editor of the literary quarterly Guilt & Pleasure. She is currently transitioning into writing for TV and podcasting.