July 03 , 2008



Interesting books are populated by exceptional people. Drama begins when social, political and psychological conditions are out of the ordinary. Nature was in no mood for understatement when she created Lilian Kert Cornfield, whose eventful and near century-long voyage through life would be hard to find between the covers of any novel. Most women want to be loved for what they are, while men seek recognition for what they accomplish. Lilian came to Jerusalem soon after the end of Ottoman rule, where she met and married her sabra husband Gaalya. She broke the mold as a career woman long before that became fashionable. She was a progressive nutritionist, ever innovative, always seeking out what was best in the other person. She refused to take no for an answer: no position she applied for was denied her, and when she decided to learn to drive at age sixty, doggedly repeated the test six times until her license was granted (perhaps it should not have been).
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Cover drawing by L. Shertok, Giv’ at Brenner, 1948
Cover design by Marion Cornfield
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