Jews, finding it difficult to swallow the stale bread, needed this stuff to wash the bread down. Therefore, female Jews would tip-toe to a responsive Moslem home and timidly knock on the gate, waiting for ages outside to be attended to. When the Jewish female made her request clear, i.e., buying some sour liquid, the Moslem female unhurriedly would fetch some. Then the Moslem female, frowning, would pour the liquid into the Jew's clay pot, all the time methodically avoiding touching the Jew's container. As to the payment, the female Moslem would rather the female Jew sweep her unpaved yard. Anyway, when the Jew left, the Moslem female would ritually wash the doorknocker.
When it came to meat, Jews could not use Moslem slaughtered mutton or beef. Consequently, meat remained a dream or luxury until one day out of 365 days some of them showed their willingness to pay jointly for an affordable live goat or sheep to be ritually killed.
Today, we take urban life amenities for granted. However, it takes only 48 hours before we realize what a city life is: no daily shower, no sewage system, no water, no electricity, no phone, no heat, no gas etc.
Jews could not afford constructing their own public bath. They, as the untouchable, were not allowed entry into Moslems' public baths, either-which did not exceed a dozen for the population of 15000 Shiite Moslems. As a result that weird smell at the spring probably came from poor hygiene. Lack of sanitation gave the Jews all kinds of skin diseases such as the extremely painful and loathsome hair fungal disease.
Well, in the Jewish community, there lived a Herculean Jew who once felt he badly needed a bathing. Therefore, he took to a deserted-half ruined graveyard of a Moslem Sufi where there was some running water and a small pool. Not anticipating any wayfarer in that early wintry morning, he got undressed on the bank and jumped into the ice-cold water. Unfortunately, a Moslem passerby happened to notice his piled-up clothes. Out of curiosity approached the half-ruined structure where he saw the giant Jew bathing. Angrily grabbed large pebbles and kept throwing at the naked Jew, shouting at him to get out of the sacred water or he would call other Moslems. The giant obediently got out of the water, but he could not find his clothes, because the Moslem had kicked them off.
Jews cemetery stood at the foot of the mountain range on the north, blanketed with snow in wintertime, or remained in the shade of the tall mountain, while the Moslems' cemetery, on the south, remained mostly dry and sunny. Whenever a Jew died, some Moslem boys used the event as an amusement, particularly at the sounding of the shofar, the ram's horn. They bravely followed the mourning procession, constantly laughing, ridiculing and hurling pebbles at the Jewish participants.
The narrators of this true story never explicitly suggested that the adult Shiites publicly engaged in violence against Jews. The reason was obvious. First of all, Jews, of their own accord had migrated to the area which can translate into finding it relatively safer that Arab lands. Second, Shiite Moslems, contrary to Arab Sunnis, before converting to Islam about 1400 years ago, historically had no ill feeling toward the Jews. Nonetheless, after converting to Islam, the Shiites as Moslems had to routinely go to the mosques and listen to the Arab-oriented clerics' speeches which customarily were peppered with stories about Jews' atrocities towards the Prophet of Islam, backing it up with Allah's unequivocal word, Koran, bidding Moslems not to take Jews and Christians as friends.
(to be continued)