Menachem Kaiser grew up in Toronto, eating bagels. Lots of bagels.

“Breakfast, you eat a bagel.” His Orthodox Jewish high school served them for breakfast every morning.

After he graduated high school, he went to Columbia University in New York, where he ate more bagels. Life was good. Then he got a Fulbright scholarship and left the States for Vilnius, Lithuania, only to discover: there weren’t any bagels…

For PRI’s The World [a co-production of the BBC]

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