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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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A Jewish Life on Three Continents

Lee Shai Weissbach

Stanford University Press

In this section, Frieden recounts his study in a yeshiva in the town of Lyady. Here he provides insights into the life of late nineteenth-century yeshiva students in Eastern Europe, offering a glimpse into the workings of Hasidic courts. Frieden’s reference to the letter of introduction he brought with him to the rebbe of Lyady suggests the importance of networking within the world of Hasidism, and his description of the time he spent at the rebbe’s court offers evidence of the openness of the court to newcomers. At the same time, Frieden’s description of his encounter with the court serves as a reminder that not all those who came in contact with Hasidism became completely enamored with the Hasidic lifestyle. Frieden critiques the materialism of the rebbes and expresses disgust with one common Hasidic practice, even as he comes to admire the Hasidic style of prayer.

Keywords:   Yeshiva studies, Lyady, Hasidism, rebbe, Haskalah

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