These 48 tales collected from magazines & papers are full of wit & humor, clever thinking, weighty traditions, struggle & sadness: a full spectrum of the Jewish Ghetto life from which they sprang in Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Bessarabia, & America. First published by The Jewish Publication Society in 1912, these works are from 20 authors, including Isaac Perez, Shalom Asch, Mordecai Spektor, Sholom-Alechem, Abraham Raisin, David Pinski, Judah Steinberg. Who could resist reading the rest of THE PICNIC, which begins: "Ask Shmuel, the capmaker, just for a joke, if he would like to come for a picnic! He'll fly out at you as if you had invited him to swing on the gallows. The fact is, he & his Sarah went for a picnic, & the poor man will remember it all his days." Other stories include COUNTRY FOLK, A JEWISH CHILD, AS THE YEARS ROLL ON, THE KADDISH, WOMEN, MILITARY SERVICE, & THE HOLE IN THE BEIGEL, in which a young boy, with chewing & gestures, ponders the riddle, when one has eaten a bagel, whate becomes of the hole. Short biographical sketches precede each writer's stories, which were translated by Helena Frank.
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