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Older woman laughing toward the camera while sitting at a kitchen table

At a recent Torah study, my rabbi mentioned the Lamed Vav Tzadikim, “righteous ones,” and the significance of the number 36 in Judaism. She had my attention. Could there be something special about my birth year? I wanted to know more.

Emma's Torch employees

Kerry Brodie runs Emma’s Torch, a non-profit social enterprise with paid culinary training and job placement for refugees, asylum seekers, and human trafficking victims.

The author in a scene from her one-woman show, "Bubby's Kitchen"

As the granddaughter of two remarkable partisan resistance fighters, I often wonder if who I am is enough and whether or not I am living up to my truest self. 

Hand of a young women holding the hand of a young woman as if in a hospital

She had tended me during my bad feelings. I had held her hand during hers. Her gift of language comforted me until the very end, even without being able to hear her voice. And now, I am left with memories