A Jewish Life on Three Continents The Memoir of Menachem by Menachem Mendel Frieden

By Menachem Mendel Frieden

This awesome memoir via Menachem Mendel Frieden illuminates Jewish adventure in all 3 of the main major facilities of Jewish lifestyles in the course of 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 seems to be the following translated from its unique Hebrew, edited and annotated via 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 kingdom development 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 global Wars. This first-hand account calls recognition to a few usually missed features of the fashionable Jewish event and gives beneficial perception into the background of the time.

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The writing of memoirs for the sake of future generations, whether for individual readers or the general public, is an ancient practice. 5 And great Torah scholars and rabbis have written books dealing with faith that 3. Shmaryahu Levin (1867–1935) was a Hebrew and Yiddish author who had served in the first Russian duma and who became a leading spokesman for Zionism. 4. Whom Frieden has in mind here is uncertain, but it is probably Amenemhat I, who actually ruled from 1991 to 1962 bce. Amenemhat I is purported to be the author of the “­Instructions of Amenemhat,” a monologue in poetic form in which the pharaoh warns his son to be wary of those around him and urges him to rule wisely.

Whenever he was seated, his hand supported his chin or his cheek. I don’t remember ever seeing him with a smile on his face. There was always a hidden sadness crossing his troubled countenance, although I can’t imagine that there was anything specific on which this sadness was based. Grandmother was a small woman, plump and round, with a full, cheerful face and laughing eyes. She was always busy and full of energy and she was wonderfully good-natured. She loved her grandchildren with all her soul.

The reference here is to Ecclesiastes 7:20, although the biblical text is slightly misquoted in the original memoir. Menachem Mendel Frieden’s Apologia ent; may I succeed in bringing to life that which I experienced and perhaps also the personal emotions that always accompany events. The late Dr. ”3 And if this is so, then past events can’t be accurately described without remembering the feelings that influenced them. I have at hand no notes, either my own or those of someone else. Although I always thought about keeping a diary, I never did.

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