By Menachem Mendel Frieden

This amazing memoir by way of Menachem Mendel Frieden illuminates Jewish adventure in all 3 of the main major facilities of Jewish lifestyles throughout the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. It chronicles Frieden's early years in japanese Europe, his next migration to the USA, and, eventually, 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 lifestyles in an period that observed the encroachment of contemporary principles right into a conventional society, nice streams of migration, and the undertaking of Jewish country development in Palestine. The memoir follows Frieden's pupil 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 cognizance to a couple frequently neglected elements of the fashionable Jewish event and gives necessary perception into the historical past of the time.

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11 I hope I have succeeded. 10. See tractate Shabbat 119b. 11. Green, Thinking Through Translation, 18–20, 149. A Note on References In preparing the introductions and notes that accompany this English edition of Menachem Mendel Frieden’s memoir, I relied upon a great many sources of information covering topics ranging from the authorship of classic Jewish texts to nineteenth- and twentieth-century transportation networks and from orthodox Jewish religious practice to the general history of Eastern Europe, the United States, and Palestine.

Also deserving of tremendous gratitude are the J. S. Department of State and the United States–Israel Educational Foundation for the award of a Fulbright Fellowship that allowed me to spend the academic year 2006– 2007 at the University of Haifa. It was in Haifa that I accomplished a great deal of the work of translating my grandfather’s memoir and began the work of annotation. Being able to do so in a Hebrew-language environment was most advantageous, as was my contact in Haifa with so many knowledgeable scholars in Jewish studies.

She was in any case a smart woman and her modernized outlook increased her suffering, since her 6. Although Dvinsk is in Latvia, Frieden refers to the city as being “in Lithuania” in the sense that its Jews (and Latvian Jews generally) were within the cultural orbit of Lithuanian Jewry. Note that the administrative boundaries within the Russian empire changed from time to time. jpg (accessed Sept. 26, 2010). 7. As the main center of Chabad Hasidism, the town of Lubavitch was home to the main line of Chabad rabbis.

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