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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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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.

Keywords:   Sabbath observance, synagogue, bathhouse, river, miracles

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