Salt on a Robin’s Tail
An Unlikely Jewish Journey Through Childhood, Forgiveness, and Hope
Andrea Kott thought of herself as “the welfare Jew.” The daughter of a single mother whose depression and drinking pitched them into poverty, her stormy life looked nothing like that of the Jewish kids she knew: It defied every stereotype she associated with being Jewish—having an intact family and material wealth, and becoming a bat mitzvah. Alienated and ashamed, Kott felt ineligible to be Jewish, yet hungered for connection to the tradition and to God. It took a near-fatal accident, her mother’s death, marriage and motherhood, and losing a beloved brother for her to find her Jewish home.
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|About the Author||
Andrea Kott earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California–Berkeley and her master’s degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. In addition to publishing work in The New York Times, Lilith Magazine, JAMA, and literary journals, she writes about public health for global and national nonprofits, public health schools, and academic medical centers. She also teaches English as a Second Language to immigrants and refugees, and participates in Hevra Torah Study at Woodlands Community Temple. She and husband Erik have two grown children, Sophie and Ben, and live in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
|ISBN & Page Count||
Ebook, ISBN 978-1-7320156-8-5