But the problems of retail and rent are not the focus of my column today. But we only have one Jewish bookstore on the Upper West Side, and it caters to all of those streams and flavors. If a non-Jew came in for a Kiddush cup or someone was looking for a ketubah with alternative text, or if a woman wanted to buy a kittel for the holidays the staff always was helpful, courteous, and treated everyone without passing judgment. This store was a judgment-free zone, welcoming to all. She was shopping for a tallit for her upcoming wedding. They pointed me toward the books I was looking for, and some I had not heard of, that would help in my journey. They all can be on your doorstep before Shabbat ends. I am not sure where we will find such a place again.
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