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Happy! – Feb 18 (Sholem Aleichem)

Abby Sale 18 Feb 06 - 10:19 AM
Ebbie 19 Feb 06 - 02:47 AM
Joe Offer 19 Feb 06 - 03:03 AM
Abby Sale 19 Feb 06 - 11:54 AM
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Subject: Happy! – Feb 18 (Sholem Aleichem)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 18 Feb 06 - 10:19 AM


Happy Birthday!
Sholem Aleichem
(Solomon Rabinowitz)

was born

2/18/1858 (OS)
(d.5/13/1916)

He brought to the world his pretty darn good new and interpretations of old folk tales.
Over 40 volumes of novels, stories, and plays in Yiddish.

Copyright © 2005, Abby Sale - all rights reserved
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Subject: RE: Happy! – Feb 18 (Sholem Aleichem)
From: Ebbie
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 02:47 AM

What a coincidence! Skarpi Haraldsson was born February 18, 1964. A happy day. :)


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Subject: RE: Happy! – Feb 18 (Sholem Aleichem)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 03:03 AM

I was looking for suggestions for books by Sholem Aleichem. I have Tevye and His Daughters, a delightful collection of stories. Any others I ought to read? It appears that Fiddler on the Roof drew from a number of the Tevye stories, and that the Fiddler stories are spread over at least three collections of stories.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Happy! – Feb 18 (Sholem Aleichem)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 11:54 AM

I think his best points & ironies come in the short stories. Any of the volumes would do. I think that's generally true in Yiddish literature - like jokes, maybe - short & sweet. But don't stop there. Aleichem is the best known/best loved of the lot (and deservedly so) but partly because he was mostly light & easy. You can truly be staggered by some of the others. They get further into religion, mysticism, social values (rarely politics as such). The stetl was such a life in micrososm. Even demonology. But mostly the arbitrariness of life we often see in folk material but rarely in our world-wide Protestant-Ethic society. Folk tales know the Good, hard worker, honorable people don't always "win." Disney tells us they do.

Even when these stories leak over into Europe & America they retain the quality. Usually. Singer, of course, but also Singer, Peretz, Asch, etc. Strongly recommend A treasury of Yiddish stories,
Howe, Irving, ed.; Greenberg, Eliezer, Publication: New York, Viking Press, 1954 (& reprints)

When I was substitute teaching high school in New Orleans in 1966 and had been left no lesson plan or clue where to continue the regular work (or those many classes that just had no regular work - truly rotton school system - I'd read a shorter story from that book & we'd Discuss. It was amazing how universal the stories were. Or maybe there was some wider appeal to the disenfranchised...


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