9780815606697

The New Country: Stories from the Yiddish About Life in America

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  • ISBN13:

    9780815606697

  • ISBN10:

    0815606699

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-06-01
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr
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Summary

A classic work revisited and a testament to the beauty and endurance of the Mame-loshn (mother tongue) through the trials and tribulations of Americanization.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Elie Wiesel
The Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture xv
Preface to the Original Edition xvii
Introduction xxi
PART ONE Getting Settled
The Tenement House (By Way of a Backdrop)
Leon Kobrin
Into the ghetto of growing emotional entanglements go the bewildered immigrants
3(7)
Alone in a Strange World
Sholem Asch
The loneliness enforced on a newcomer of pious leanings
10(10)
On the Streets of New York
Sholem Aleichem
Youngsters discover the expansive air of an American city
20(5)
A Wall
Zalmon Libin
When a wall, blocking out air and view, goes down, the rent goes up
25(7)
Imprisoned
Isaac Raboy
Did he flee a short jail term at home for permanent confinement in a shop?
32(7)
His Trip to America
Abraham Raisin
Wanting to travel to America, he is forced to lower his expectations
39(4)
We Strike
Sholem Aleichem
The joy of youngsters when a garment strike provides a holiday
43(5)
The Greenhorns
Chaver Paver
Young immigrants reveal character in their first reaction to the new country
48(13)
PART TWO Making a Living
Chaim Becomes a Real-Estatenik
Tashrak
Customer-peddler finds a new way to quick riches
61(5)
Chaim and Chaye
Zalmon Libin
When his wife is sick, he is freed from the candy store
66(4)
We Work in a Shop
Sholem Aleichem
Conditions to which immigrants are subjected
70(5)
Point of a Needle
Zalmon Libin
A dramatic incident in a clothing shop
75(4)
Chaim Thanks God for Deliverance
Tashrak
Chaim saves his life in a strange adventure
79(4)
The Quiet Jubilee
Zalmon Libin
A worker figures up the total output of his working years
83(7)
Reb Yankele Pickpocket
Chone Gottesfeld
The hardships faced by a pious pickpocket
90(5)
PART THREE And What of the Children?
Yossele
Sholem Asch
A child on the ``Island of Tears''
95(5)
A Sign of Summer
Zalmon Libin
A mother seeks assurance her ailing son will survive
100(3)
The American Europeans
Abraham Raisin
A young American Jewess is bewildered by values brought by young European Jews
103(4)
House on Goerick Street
Joseph Opatoshu
A benighted Orthodox father marries off his Americanized daughter to a man like himself
107(5)
The Father (A Monologue)
Abraham Raisin
He talks about his son in the American army
112(5)
Kaddish
Aaron Maizel
A father mourns his son killed in the factory where both worked
117(4)
Madame Marquis
Joseph Opatoshu
Married to an Italian, a mother talks Yiddish to her child
121(4)
Simcha and Sammy
Chone Gottesfeld
A garment worker lets his infant son taste mother's milk enjoyed by his wealthy employer's son
125(6)
PART FOUR There's Laughter, Too
Why the Taracans Are My Enemies
Zalmon Libin
A writer is exploited by landsleit (townsmen)
131(4)
Chaim Does His Duty as a Citizen
Tashrak
Family civil strife over an upcoming election campaign
135(5)
First Row Balcony
Abraham Raisin
Zalmon generously buys tickets to a benefit performance
140(4)
I-as Echo
Moishe Nadir
Working as an echo is not as easy as it sounds
144(3)
Moishe ``Liar''
Joseph Opatoshu
A panhandler gets the surprise of his life
147(5)
A Eulogist
Chone Gottesfeld
A funeral orator receives the shock of his life
152(4)
Chaim Buys a Piano for His Daughter
Tashrak
Used as cupboard, a piano goes on strike
156(7)
PART FIVE Not Lost in the Crowd
Story about a Greenhorn
Sholem Aleichem
The operations of a swindler
163(6)
She Reads the World
Abraham Raisin
An unemployed girl compares her lot with that of glamour girls in the news
169(4)
Moishe the Poet
Chaver Paver
Down and out, a poet rejects bohemianism
173(6)
His Brother's Check
Abraham Raisin
A signature reveals a tortured soul
179(3)
The Dog
Sheen Miller
An encounter with a dog opens a hidden door and leads to an unexpected outcome
182(13)
PART SIX Not All Greenhorns Are Jewish!
Quiet words
Borech Glassman
A gentile girl dissuaded from an act of vengeance
195(11)
Race
Joseph Opatoshu
A Jewess discovers anti-Semitism next door
206(5)
Everything under Control
Jacob Gordin
A worker is late to work because he helped prevent a train disaster
211(4)
In a Drugstore
B. Applebaum
A Jew sees a young black man humiliated
215(3)
A Heart Divided
Peretz Hirschbein
Converted to Judaism many years ago, she now demands that her sons be allowed to attend church
218(7)
My Indian Mother
Sheen Daixel
A Jewish writer finds kinship among Native Americans
225(14)
The Authors 239

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