By Menachem Mendel Frieden
This striking memoir via Menachem Mendel Frieden illuminates Jewish event in all 3 of the main major facilities of Jewish lifestyles in the course of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. It chronicles Frieden's early years in jap Europe, his next migration to the U.S., and, eventually, his cost in Palestine in 1921. The memoir appears to be like the following translated from its unique Hebrew, edited and annotated through 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 rules right into a conventional society, nice streams of migration, and the venture of Jewish state development in Palestine. The memoir follows Frieden's scholar lifestyles within the yeshivas of japanese Europe, the practices of peddlers within the American South, and the complexities of British coverage in Palestine among the 2 international Wars. This first-hand account calls realization to a couple frequently neglected points of the trendy Jewish event and offers valuable perception into the background of the time.
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6 The second son was my father; about him I will write a separate chapter. The third son, Mendel, was short, thin, and very nearsighted, with sharp brown eyes and a short beard divided in two. His small hand was constantly separating the two parts. He was short-tempered, easy to anger, but also very good-hearted. 7 He barely had any Torah learning, but he was zealously observant, careful with every iota. His wife, Ella Shayna, who was the sister of my mother and thus my aunt twice over, was a large and very pretty woman.
For some reason, it was accepted in Lithuania that Turks were irritable and short tempered, even though the people there had not seen even a single Turk with their own eyes. Mendel’s sons were educated in the usual manner in the traditional schoolrooms of Lithuania, where the form and method of instruction did not motivate most of the students. Those of the students who were not blessed with a natural desire to learn about matters of religion and Torah emerged from heder as near ignoramuses. 9 Ya’akov, the eldest, did not excel in his studies, nor was he interested in them.
I recall how, when I was still in my childhood, I used to leaf through the empty pages of my father’s books, the first pages in the binding; perhaps I’d find some notation about early members of the family. And I recall my disappointment at finding all the pages blank. Occasionally, I would turn to my parents, asking them to tell me something about their past. ” I would listen in on the intimate evening conversations between my grandmother and my mother as they spoke about the past and about life in olden times.