Who knew that my Orthodox Jewish ancestors in the Holy Land were such fashionistas!
This is my grandfather Mordechai(Max) at age 19 circa 1920 standing in front of a Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
Max again circa 1927 with my uncle. Graduated to a Fedora. Drives me crazy that when he passed away in 1986 he had a large wardrobe of Fedoras...but the last thing I ever envisioned myself wearing at age 27 was my grandfathers hat! They say "the problem with youth is that it's wasted on the young"!
Two distant cousins on the Sea of Galilee(Kineret) around early 1930's
My grand parents in front of the "Tomb of the Patriarchs" in Hebron around mid 1920's , where my grandmother was born and raised, just before they emigrated to the USA to flee rising Arab "Pograms" against the Jews that were tolerated by the British during their "Mandate". Several years later in 1929 the Arabs stormed Hebrons Jewish neighborhood of over 800 and massacred 67, the remaining jews fled and Hebron became "JudenFrei" till after the 1967 war when once again the Israelis attempted to resurrect the community. They were eventually "evicted" by the Olmert government as part of the peace process which led to the ransacking and destruction of the Tomb of the Patriachs" by the Muslims the day the Jews were removed.
My great grandfather(Max's father), Moshe David Cohen, officiating at a wedding in Jerusalem in the 1940's. If you are a Cohen you are descendent from the priest class and are frequently asked to officiate at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Bris. My mother tells me she's pretty sure his hat is a Borsalino.