Last Friday, at the check-out at my local Publix, the grocery bagger took one look at my chicken and exclaimed: “Empire, what a pain in the neck!” Turns out that he had been responsible for the kosher section over at the Pig which “oops, doesn’t sound right…” and before letting me go with “Not bad for a Lutheran, eh?”… all delivered in a Carolinese that I barely understood. Aaaah, South Carolina!
I teach Religious and Jewish Studies at the University of South Carolina and currently live in New York City. In my professional life, I wrote a book on the medieval historian and philosopher Abraham ibn Daud's Dorot Olam (http://tinyurl.com/kl6fll2).
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