My name is Henry Tobias and writing stories is my main hobby, with drawing and painting taking second place at the moment. I was born in London, England and moved as an infant to Johannesburg, South Africa, soon after the end of World War II. My parents, when in England, were very active in the local Jewish community and continued their activities in Johannesburg. My father was a member of the local synagogue, being chairman of the committee from time to time, and was instrumental in setting up the King David Jewish Day School. He was a keen tennis player and after initiating a tennis and social club at the school, he moved on to found other clubs. My mother was unstintingly supportive of my father’s endeavors as befits a woman of that era, but preferred a more sedentary lifestyle, although she loved cleaning and tidying cupboards! My parents lived through the Great Depression of the 1930’s and always knew the value of money and hard work.
As a boy and youth I was a member of Zionist Youth Movements, Habonim and Betar, although I have no ideological link to any stream of Zionism. I moved with my family to Israel in 1979.
Since childhood I have been a stutterer and was often unable to express myself verbally. Writing has released me from the stranglehold that impeded my speech.
The aim of my site is to put my stories out there for anyone to read. Most of my themes are Jewish or family oriented and I hope whoever reads my stories will enjoy them. In the future I will put up a contact page, but for now I am concentrating on building up an anthology of work.
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