- 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
My Entry into Heder
My Entry into Heder
- (p.93) My Entry into Heder
- A Jewish Life on Three Continents
Lee Shai Weissbach
- Stanford University Press
Frieden writes about his entry into heder in this chapter, in which all the usual elements are present: an introduction to the alphabet, the bestowing of sweets so that learning should be associated with sweetness, the critique of the melamed. Just as this chapter provides an account of education in heder, it also provides insights into some other essential aspects of shtetl life, including the bar mitzvah celebration. Frieden conveys a great deal of information about the way that important life-cycle even was marked for him personally. His observations regarding the nature of bar mitzcah speeches reveal some of his attitudes regarding education, maturations, and authenticity—namely, he evinces his appreciation for the difference between rote memorization and true understanding.
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