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Amy Spiro’s re­view of Barry Joseph’s book SeltzerTop­ia (“A bub­bly his­tory, March 1) brought back some pleas­ant and of course bub­bly mem­o­ries of child­hood and youth in Eretz Is­rael.

My late father Yosef was a great lover of soda, to which he added a pinch of his home­made wine, which he made in a con­tainer sim­i­lar to the one shown in the picture. We called it “siphon” and only now do I un­der­stand that the name was bor­rowed from the English seltzer siphon.

I find it quite amaz­ing how a rather pro­vin­cial per­son that my father was, some­one who didn’t leave Eretz Is­rael since ar­riv­ing from his shtetl in Lita in 1925, was on par with his Amer­i­can brethren in the so much more mod­ern and so­phis­ti­cated Gold­ene Me­d­ina when it came to man­u­fac­tur­ing home­made seltzer siphon, the drink by which he and our en­tire fam­ily were kept hy­drated and en­joyed for so many years.

RACHEL KAPEN West Bloom­field, Michi­gan

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