- Title Pages
- STANFORD STUDIES IN JEWISH HISTORY AND CULTURE
- <i>The Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden</i> An Introduction
- <i>A Note on Translation and Editing</i>
- <i>A Note on References</i>
- Menachem Mendel Frieden’s Apologia
- My Father’s Family
- My Mother’s Family
- My Father’s House
- Me and My Youth
- My Entry into Heder
- On My Way through Yeshivot
- Passover and the Holiday Cycle
- More Yeshiva Studies
- My Studies with Rabbis
- Matchmakers and Marriage
- I Found the Best Woman
- My Journey to the Land of Israel and My Early Activities There
- The Work of Americans in the Land of Israel and My Role in It
- More on Life in the Land of Israel
- Travels, the Era of World War II, and Illness
- A Second Trip to the United States
- Afterword: Menachem Mendel Frieden’s Journal and His Life after 1947
Me and My Youth
Me and My Youth
- (p.73) Me and My Youth
- A Jewish Life on Three Continents
Lee Shai Weissbach
- Stanford University Press
In this chapter, Frieden recalls the very earliest years of his life and, in doing so, he introduces his readers to numerous traditional customs and beliefs, some grounded in Jewish theology and some essentially folkways. While some of what is contained in this chapter raises questions of his- torical accuracy, other parts seem to be straightforward accounts of vari- ous aspects of shtetl life and thus offer fascinating glimpses into the lived experience of East European Jews. Frieden offers insights into family rearing and childbearing practices, how East European Jews observed the Sabbath, and how the social hierarchies of the shtetl functioned in the synagogue and bathhouse.
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