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A Jewish Life on Three ContinentsThe Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden$
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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783637

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783637.001.0001

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My Mother’s Family

My Mother’s Family

(p.23) My Mother’s Family
A Jewish Life on Three Continents

Lee Shai Weissbach

Stanford University Press

In the second chapter of his memoir, Menachem Mendel Frieden con- tinues telling about his background, this time focusing on his mother’s family. This chapter, like the preceding one, again provides insights into matters of East European Jewish life more generally. Here, for example, there is further reference to the world of Hasidism, with a long reflection on the use of the word hasid early in the chapter and with much discussion of the way Hasidism faced opposition in Eastern Europe, especially from mainstream Orthodox Jews. In this chapter Frieden also illuminates the nature of traditional Jewish education, he writes of the attempts of Jews to avoid military service in the tsar’s army, and he provides an indication of the dispersion of Lithuanian Jews to various corners of the world.

Keywords:   Hasidism, Chabad, Mitnagdim, Haskalah, Gaon of Vilna, draft evasion, South African Jewry

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