By Menachem Mendel Frieden
This striking memoir via 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 U.S., and, eventually, his payment in Palestine in 1921. The memoir appears to be like right here 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 lifestyles in an period that observed the encroachment of recent principles right into a conventional society, nice streams of migration, and the undertaking of Jewish country construction 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 realization to a couple frequently neglected points of the fashionable Jewish adventure and gives useful perception into the background of the time.
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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.
August 29 was a Thursday. In his memoir, my grandfather was far from consistent in the spelling of proper names, whether those of people or places. For the Lithuanian town of Rokiškis, for example, the Hebrew text sometimes has the Yiddish name Rakishok and sometimes Rokishki. For the town of Obeliai, the text sometimes has the Yiddish Abel and sometimes Abeli. The name of the town which Frieden calls Sirutzina and which I have not been able to locate definitively, is spelled three different ways on one xxxi xxxii Note on Translation and Editing page of the mimeographed memoir alone!
Xxxix Acknowledgments There are numerous individuals who provided assistance and support as I worked on the translation, editing, and annotation of my grandfather’s memoir, but the people who deserve my greatest thanks are those who encouraged me to undertake this project in the first place. Chief among these is my dear friend, the renowned poet Hava Pinchas Cohen, who not only convinced me that my Hebrew language skills were sufficient for the task, but who remained excited about the value of my project and who, with her intimate knowledge of the Hebrew language and her sensitivity as a writer, helped me with the translation of several difficult passages.
A Jewish Life on Three Continents The Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden by Menachem Mendel Frieden