Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lady Jakobovits's grace under fire

A lovely Lady J anecdote from Nathan Jeffay in the Forward:

She also lived up to her British title of lady, conducting herself with the class and unflappable grace of an aristocrat. At a night of Sheva Brachot—a blessing ritual for newly married couples—for my wife and me, my wife’s grandfather knocked over a candle, setting a paper pineapple decoration on fire and unwittingly igniting Lady J. Even with her blouse alight, Lady J remained unflustered, making a gentle joke to ensure that my wife’s grandfather was not embarrassed, then excusing herself from the table.

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