Barbara Sofer

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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day, Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others

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Jerusalem Post


By Barbara Sofer

It starts with a stubbed toe. Barefoot and hurrying to answer the phone, I crash into a chair. My toe turns mauve. Too much furniture, too much stuff, I gripe. Next comes my New Year's resolution to declutter our home. The few superfluous chairs are easy to eliminate. Next – an easy target – tens of videotapes. Then I receive a reminder from Dr. Deborah Katz, a Jerusalem orthodontist, about the annual fund-raising book sale she runs from her dental office for the Melabev Day Centers for dementia and Alzheimer sufferers. That's the sign to face what is for me the hardest area: pruning books.

Katz, who straightens incisors, bicuspids and molars for adults and children in the tony Talbiyeh neighborhood of Jerusalem, is once again about to remove the mirrors, probes, excavators of her workspace, and fill her five-room office with some 30,000 used books. Children's storybooks, adult novels, history and psychology tomes, cookbooks, how-to, Bibles – you name it. Each book sells for NIS 10, regardless of size or rarity.

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