MY FRIEND and I have been introduced up collectively in the identical little city in Europe. Each Friday, earlier than the strategy of the Sabbath, our fathers used to take us to a Russian Turkish tub. In these days the Turkish tub was the “group bathtub.”
However in fact, earlier than die excessive holidays, the Yamim Tovim, the pilgrimage to the bathtub home was extra vital than ever. For no good Jew might elevate his Yom Tov soul to a Yom Tov spirit until his physique had been Russian-Turkishized.
And in all these years throughout which my buddy loved the house comforts of “the American method” he nonetheless visited Turkish tub in his previous neighborhood.
With him it was a practice.
However a day earlier than Succoth, once I advised that we would each take a Turkish tub, he grew to become enraged and mentioned, “What? Go along with you to have a Turkish tub? Nothing doing! I’ve sweated enoughno extra!”
I used to be astonished to seek out he had immediately grown chilly to this warmest, this most pleasant, earthly paradise.
He hemmed and hawed some time earlier than I succeeded in figuring out of him the rationale for his new angle. And right here is the entire story in his personal phrases:
At some point my spouse advised that I make a journey to her relations in Boston. Enterprise right here isn’t so In plain phrases, it s on the bum. It is likely to be, she advised, that her household, most of whom are rich, would discover a busi-ness for me or a job.
I come to her uncle a wealthy lawyer. He’s higly happy to see me. He tells me that on the “ very busy; however he insists that I return at two o clock m th^afternoon; then it is going to be a pleasure for him to enter arrive precisely on the minute-two r. M. ^ uncle the lawyer, explains to me that he has huge circumstances pending in court docket which have made him nervous; and subsequently he goes each afternoon at two o dock for an Hectrk therapeutic massage, a sweat tub, and an alcohol rub-down. And on today he takes me with him in order that I, too, mav get the kinks labored out of my pores and skin.
And, say what you’ll, the sweat and the therapeutic massage gave
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