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Jewish Children (Yudishe Kinder)

Jewish Children (Yudishe Kinder) by Sholem Aleichem
By: (1859-1916)

Although written from a child’s perspective, this is not a kids book but a series of funny, poignant, and sometimes disturbing stories about life in a late 19th-century Russian-Jewish village — the world of my grandparents. Sholem Rabinovich (1859-1916) was born in Pereiaslav, Ukraine and later immigrated to New York. His short stories about Tevye and his daughters were freely adapted into the musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Rabinovich’s will contained the following injunction: “Let my name be recalled with laughter or not at all.” His translator, Hannah Berman, was Irish of Lithuanian descent.

Some of these stories may be too intense for younger children.

First Page:

JEWISH CHILDREN

TRANSLATED FROM THE YIDDISH OF

"SHALOM ALEICHEM"

BY HANNAH BERMAN

NEW YORK ALFRED · A · KNOPF MCMXXII

COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY

ALFRED A. KNOPF, INC.

Published January, 1922

Set up and printed by the Vail Ballou Co., Binghamton, N. Y. Paper furnished by W. F. Etherington & Co., New York, N. Y. Bound by the H. Wolff Estate, New York, N. Y.

MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CONTENTS

A PAGE FROM THE "SONG OF SONGS"

PASSOVER IN A VILLAGE. AN IDYLL

ELIJAH THE PROPHET

GETZEL

A LOST "L'AG BEOMER"

MURDERERS

THREE LITTLE HEADS

GREENS FOR " SHEVUOUS "

ANOTHER PAGE FROM THE "SONG OF SONGS"

A PITY FOR THE LIVING

THE TABERNACLE

THE DEAD CITRON

ISSHUR THE BEADLE

BOAZ THE TEACHER

THE SPINNING TOP

ESTHER

THE POCKET KNIFE

ON THE FIDDLE

THIS NIGHT

A Page from the "Song of Songs"

Busie is a name; it is the short for Esther Liba: Libusa: Busie. She is a year older than I, perhaps two years. And both of us together are no more than twenty years old. Now, if you please, sit down and think it out for yourself... Continue reading book >>


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