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This outstanding memoir via Menachem Mendel Frieden illuminates Jewish event in all 3 of the main major facilities of Jewish lifestyles in the course of the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. It chronicles Frieden's early years in jap Europe, his next migration to the U.S., and, eventually, his payment in Palestine in 1921. The memoir looks the following translated from its unique Hebrew, edited and annotated through Frieden's grandson, the historian Lee Shai Weissbach.

Frieden's tale presents a window onto Jewish existence 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 construction in Palestine. The memoir follows Frieden's scholar 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 international Wars. This first-hand account calls awareness to a couple frequently neglected points of the fashionable Jewish event and offers precious perception into the background of the time.

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She had trouble with her legs after the birth of her children and was taken to Germany, to Mannheim, for treatment. She stayed there quite a while and returned, if not completely cured, at least able to get around with a cane. Her stay in Germany had a positive influence on her and she became more modern. 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.

On issues related to the translation of the Talmud, see, for example, Norman Solomon, “Making Talmud Intelligible” in Report of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 2008–2009 (Oxford, 2009), 71–84. xxix xxx Note on Translation and Editing Other problems that impeded the work of translating Frieden’s memoir include his profuse use of “and” to begin sentences or to string together passages that should have been separated, and his tendency to alternate between past and present tense almost at random.

P. Voight Company only by consulting pre–World War I city directories in the course of my research. Because the available Hebrew version of the Frieden memoir contains so many composition and transcription problems, in the course of translating the document I have made many small corrections and minor editorial changes in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. I have added or removed the conjunction “and” as necessary for smooth transitions, for example, and I have generally put the text into the past tense unless there was some good reason not to do so.

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