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The Jews of Pinsk, 1881 to 1941$
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Azriel Shohet, Mark Jay Mirsky, and Moshe Rosman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804741583

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804741583.001.0001

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Changes in Lifestyle and Culture (1881–1914)

Changes in Lifestyle and Culture (1881–1914)

(p.202) Five Changes in Lifestyle and Culture (1881–1914)
The Jews of Pinsk, 1881 to 1941
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Between 1881 and 1914, profound changes in lifestyle and in intellectual and cultural life took place in Pinsk, Belarus. These changes, attributed to the growth of commerce as well as the Haskalah or Enlightenment, occurred in family relations, in use of leisure time, and in pleasures of the spirit. A significant business class capable of speaking alien languages and that had acquired alien customs as a result of contact with the outside world emerged in Pinsk. A new breed of modern “Hebrew” intellectuals such as Nahum Meir Shaikevich, Dov Ber Dovzhevitz, Zvi Maslansky, and Avraham Haim Rosenberg also appeared. In addition, there was a change in relations between the sexes that was associated with the improvement in the standard of living and the formation of a recognized class of “gentry” comprised of both “old money” and nouveaux riches.

Keywords:   Pinsk, lifestyle, culture, Hebrew intellectuals, Belarus, commerce, Haskalah, Dov Ber Dovzhevitz, gentry, Nahum Meir Shaikevich

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