A Jewish Life on Three Continents: The Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and C)

This impressive memoir by means of Menachem Mendel Frieden illuminates Jewish event in all 3 of the main major facilities of Jewish lifestyles through the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. It chronicles Frieden's early years in jap Europe, his next migration to the us, and, ultimately, his payment in Palestine in 1921. The memoir seems to be the following translated from its unique Hebrew, edited and annotated by means of Frieden's grandson, the historian Lee Shai Weissbach.

Frieden's tale offers a window onto Jewish existence in an period that observed the encroachment of contemporary principles right into a conventional society, nice streams of migration, and the venture of Jewish state construction in Palestine. The memoir follows Frieden's scholar lifestyles within the yeshivas of jap Europe, the practices of peddlers within the American South, and the complexities of British coverage in Palestine among the 2 global Wars. This first-hand account calls awareness to a couple frequently overlooked elements of the trendy Jewish adventure and offers beneficial perception into the historical past of the time.

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Our mom and dad have peculiar appears on their faces. they're saddened via this primary parting of ours, yet they suppress their feelings or even have the ability to smile over their hidden tears. hot kisses are exchanged, and our eyes fill with tears. Saryahu the wagon driving force increases his whip and the pony lifts his legs. The wagon strikes ahead to the sound of called-out advantages for a winning trip, and the city is already at the back of us. We shuttle alongside and Saryahu, the glazier-wagon motive force hurries at the horses and, whereas doing so, he talks approximately his basic craft, glazing. He curses his lifestyles as an individual who realized a craft that can’t aid somebody who practices it in a small city comparable to ours. he's embarrassed at being a wagon motive force, which, in response to him, comprises easily competence and never craft in any respect. He grew to become to compelling a wagon out of necessity, to make amends for the shortcoming of source of revenue from glazing. He claims that glazing doesn't examine in any respect to different trades, akin to tailoring or shoemaking: “Clothing, by way of its nature, wears out quick, and sneakers, too, are worn down via dust and snow within the iciness and via warmth in the summertime. yet it’s no longer so with glass. A pane of glass in a window can stay in position for years, until there's an twist of fate or a fireplace, or a few antisocial goy throws a rock throughout the window of a Jew. cross watch for a friend’s misfortune! And new constructions usually are not being in-built our city or within the surrounding zone in any respect. That’s a glazier’s undesirable good fortune, and particularly in a small city. there's simply no destiny in a small town,” he maintains. “Young humans depart simply because they don’t have an honest existence there and can’t locate paintings, the variety of outdated humans declines as they die off within the common means of items, and therefore the city is steadily emptied of Jews. ” Saryahu is an easy Jew, tall and gaunt and of little studying, yet he talks like a thinker. He has his personal method of the area and he'll now not switch his perspectives even if faced with lengthy factors of the methods of nature and of existence. within the fall, the roads are tough and shuttle is tough and sluggish. the pony walks seriously within the dust and ahead of every one hill he stops to relaxation a piece and to show his head again to work out if his passengers have got off the wagon; he's acquainted with the regimen and is aware that it’s ordinary for the passengers to descend sooner than he is going up a hill. He is going up the hill, and prevents back to relaxation and to attend for the passengers to come back at the wagon. And so we reached the 1st cease, part farm, part village, 117 118 On My approach via Yeshivot Zbishok, the house of my grandfather on Father’s part. right here we rested and we ate a whole meal as purely Grandmother may arrange. She used to be very completely happy to work out her grandsons who have been touring far flung to review Torah. From there the gap to Rakishok and the teach station was once now not very nice. We arrived in advance of night and stayed at Uncle Mendel’s. tomorrow, early within the morning, we have been taken to the teach station for the road that runs among the towns of Libau and Romny with a cease on the Kalkun station at the Dvina River.

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