Jewish Children (Yudishe Kinder)

שלום עליכם SHOLEM ALEICHEM (1859 - 1916), translated by Hannah BERMAN (1883 - 1955)

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. (summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Short Stories, *Non-fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 A page from the Song of Songs Adrian Praetzellis
00:17:58
Play 02 Passover in a Village Adrian Praetzellis
00:22:39
Play 03 Elijah the Phophet Adrian Praetzellis
00:09:21
Play 04 Getzel Adrian Praetzellis
00:19:23
Play 05 A Lost L’Ag Beomer Adrian Praetzellis
00:13:04
Play 06 Murderers Adrian Praetzellis
00:19:41
Play 07 Three Little Heads Adrian Praetzellis
00:15:12
Play 08 Greens for Shevuous Adrian Praetzellis
00:17:09
Play 09 Another page from the Song of Songs Adrian Praetzellis
00:17:09
Play 10 A Pity for the Living Adrian Praetzellis
00:11:31
Play 11 The Tabernacle (The Sukkah) Adrian Praetzellis
00:21:55
Play 12 The Dead Citron Adrian Praetzellis
00:20:09
Play 13 Isshur the Beadle Adrian Praetzellis
00:22:25
Play 14 Boaz the Teacher Adrian Praetzellis
00:18:25
Play 15 The Spinning Top Adrian Praetzellis
00:41:44
Play 16 Esther Adrian Praetzellis
00:15:56
Play 17 The Pocket-Knife Adrian Praetzellis
00:43:45
Play 18 On the Fiddle Adrian Praetzellis
00:57:14
Play 19 This Night Adrian Praetzellis
00:51:25