A Shtetl and other Yiddish novellas by Ruth R. Wisse (ed.)

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Believe me, I could split a gut eighteen times a day when I see *HatseErah: The Dawn; a moderate Hebrew daily newspaper, edited by Nahum Sokolow, in Warsaw. * Shiyur: a lesson. Usually a portion of the Talmud, which is studied daily. A SHTETL 45 them pretending to take a leak behind the fence . . that's their excuse, you understand. Or the way Velvel carries the empty water can at a snail's pace to the well and back . . I'm ready to jump out the window and fill it for him! Here, take it and go: just so as not to have to see him inching along.

Not for a moment that summer was the marketplace empty. One strike followed another; not a workshop or factory was spared. Saturday mornings, when the weather was fair, youths in their best jackets and boots carried on in the street while the synagogue stood silent as a tomb. The sexton complained that there was barely a minyan,* and when Yoyne the scribe, returning home from the Hasidic prayer-house with his followers, caught sight of the young men in the street, he was overcome by a terrible sadness: "Lord of the Universe, I, for my part, forgive them .

I'm ready to jump out the window and fill it for him! Here, take it and go: just so as not to have to see him inching along. And have you ever seen the men stop all of a sudden and start rolling their cigarettes? It's enough to turn you green. But I just pull out my cigarette case and pass it around—you want to know why? Because to me a worker is a man too, I like to treat him as an equal. But when they begin to act like this, then that's it! " "Then I may as well go," said Yekl rising from his chair.

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