"We, and our forebears, are all Jewish. What does that mean? More specifically, we are of Lithuanian Jewish origin. What is the significance of that, that is to say, how did Lithuanian Jews differ, assuming they differed at all, from their co-religionists elsewhere in Europe, Asia and Africa? My husband and I, together with our respective siblings, are South African-born, and our stories are therefore bound up with the greater saga of South Africa as a whole and of its Jewish community in particular. But what is being Jewish and South African all about and what part have members of the extended Bacher and Kirsh families played in those overlapping stories? These are some of the questions that this book aims to explore, unpack and hopefully elucidate."