Cynthia Ozick was born on April 17,1928, in New York City. Her parents, William and Celia (Regelson) Ozick, had come to the United States from northwestern Russia. In addition to his work as a pharmacist, William was a Jewish scholar. Ozick considers herself a feminist and claims she became one at the age of five, when her grandmother took her to heder, a school for the study of Hebrew and the Torah. The rabbi told Ozick's grandmother to take her home, since "a girl doesn't have to study." Ozick returned the next day and quickly established herself as a good student.
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