by Esther Rafaeli
Hardcover, 320 pages (includes 50 color and b/w photo images)
ISBN 13: 978-965-524-048-1
My Blue Kitchen is a collection of stories about events in the life of Esther Rafaeli's family, while living over the last fifty-odd years in Jerusalem. She describes life in the early years of the State of Israel and in some other Jewish centers in the 20th century.
These stories were not originally written with the idea of creating a book. They were
written over a long period of time because of a strong desire
to "catch the moment" and keep it alive. It was only after the author
had decided to close up her home five years after the death
of her husband, that she saw in her stories a record of events
that had happened to the family while living in Jerusalem. The author also
found that she had encapsulated in them a record of how life
went on in the early years of the State, and also in other
centers of Jewish life in the 20th century.
About the author:
Esther Rafaeli was born in Tel Aviv (Palestine) and
grew up in Australia. She graduated from Melbourne
University, and in 1949, returned to Israel. In 1950, she married the late Alexander Rafaeli. After bringing
four children into the world, she earned her second degree
at the Hebrew University, in English Literature and Special
Education. She was a volunteer docent for many years at the
Israel Museum, and also researched and wrote a biography
of an illustrious ancestor, Reb Aisel Harif of Slonim, and
his family, which has been published in English and in
Hebrew. Her children and grandchildren live in Israel.