Equal Partners
by Roland Ezri

Equal Partners by Roland Ezri

Equal Partners

By Roland Ezri

"Women are the backbone of all societies. They do a substantial part of the work, and play a major role in raising the future generation yet they are largely powerless. The decisions that count are made by men and foisted upon women."

Writings by Roland Ezri

The Second Exodus – Egypt – LXXII. My Years at 12A Rue Khantaret Ghamra – My Bar Mitzvah (4 of 5)

People with means did rent a hall. It could be in a hotel, restaurant, club, theater, or any large place that fitted the bill.

A well-to-do friend of Nisso, Leon, invited us to the Bar Mitzvah of his son. The affair was held in a “Garden Terrace” (the expression used in Egypt and it is usually the upper level of a restaurant or hotel, the garden angle could be an actual garden, large or small, or simply a few planters strategically placed).

The buffet was sumptuous, and suffragis (waiters) brought the food and drinks to you if you so desired. Hors-d’oeuvres, meats, vegetables, salads, tarachis (pickled items), and a great variety of other delicacies were available. There was an incredible array of sweets; if you even sampled half of them, you could start the night as a healthy individual, and leave as a diabetic!

For tarab (good time), a well-known comedian, Elias Moadab, who doubled as a singer (he also acted in movies) entertained us for part of the night. He came with his orchestra and a choir. Thereafter, two belly dancers came on the stage; they were superb. I was just entering my adolescence, and these two provocative and voluptuous females just blew me away!

Later, the orchestra of Elias played dance tunes; Fola and Nisso, who were good dancers, danced the night away.

It was already dawn when we went back home. It was the latest I had ever stayed up.

I still have a lot of memories from both (Leon’s son and mine) Bar Mitzvahs, and each in its own way held a special magic.

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