By Mark Kurlansky
A robust, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF wish REBORN
IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR
Fifty years after it was once bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban during which Jews assemble for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have lately emerged as very important new facilities of Jewish tradition. Small yet proud Jewish groups are revitalizing the traditional facilities of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. those courageous, made up our minds Jewish women and men have selected to settle–or remain–in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, yet they've got paid a value. one of the unforeseen risks, they've got needed to deal with an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the impression of the Jewish country on ecu life.
Delving into the intimate tales of eu Jews from all walks of lifestyles, Kurlansky weaves jointly a bright tapestry of people maintaining their traditions, and flourishing, within the shadow of heritage. An inspiring tale of a tenacious those that have rebuilt their lives within the face of incomprehensible horror, A selected Few is a testomony to cultural survival and a party of the deep bonds that suffer among Jews and ecu civilization.
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Ann Tlusty has suggested that the symbol of the drunkard served not only to discourage social disorder but also to titillate and amuse, giving audiences a kind of vicarious indulgence. Y. 110 The title derives from the kabbalistic notion that Jews can repair cosmic flaws by means of rituals, good deeds, study, penance, esoteric mindfulness, and, according to Hasidim, the act of drinking a toast. Sefer ha-tikun is exclusively about the latter method of cosmic repair, and is best translated as “Book of Toasts” (the word tikn, derived from the Hebrew tikun [cosmic repair], actually means “toast” in Yiddish).
12 This extraordinary Jewish presence in the liquor trade was in part a natural outgrowth of the rise of Jewish leaseholding in general in the early modern period. Leases on immovable property other than real estate, known as arendas, came increasingly to denote taverns and distilleries as landowners found liquor to be the most profitable and expedient way to monetize their grain. indd 16 10/10/2013 2:49:11 PM ENTRANCE: MYTHS AND COUNTERMYTHS 17 During the next period, the partition era, historians have assumed the collapse of Jewish tavernkeeping and the lord-Jew alliance in general.
36 Yet he conjured a macabre description of a Polesian tavern: a goat was being slaughtered in one corner, a gloomy Jewish boy sat studying in another, a cat slinked along with her kittens, and wild Jewish children crawled between his legs. His nostrils were assailed by pipe smoke, vinegar, burning fat, fish, tar, mud, mildew, vodka, and the sour peasant brew, kvass; his ears by the shrieks of children and poultry, the clinking of glasses, and raucous peasant songs. ”37 Jewish observers agreed that taverns were physically and spiritually polluted spaces, but identified a different source of the pollution.
A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry by Mark Kurlansky