Beautiful as the Moon, Radiant as the Stars: Jewish Women in Yiddish Stories

Beautiful as the Moon, Radiant as the Stars: Jewish Women in Yiddish Stories

by Sandra Bark

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- This book is certain to appeal to the millions of Jewish women interested in Jewish literature and the writings of Cynthia Ozick, Francine Prose, and Grace Paley. Beautifully packaged, it is an ideal Mother's Day or Bat-Mitzvah gift.- This volume contains translations of Yiddish stories from eminent scholars--including an Isaac Bashevis Singer story that has never before been published in English--and well-known tales that Jewish readers everywhere love.- As bestsellers such as "Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (Houghton Mifflin, 4/02) and "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges by Nathan Englander (Knopf, 1999) have demonstrated, there is a strong interest in Jewish stories.- Yiddish culture and music have seen a resurgence in recent years. NPR's "All Things Considered aired a series of highly acclaimed documentaries about the Yiddish Radio Project and Klezmer musicians regularly play at top alternative venues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446510363
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/03/2007
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 629 KB

About the Author

Sandra Bark is an editor at Warner Books.

Table of Contents

A Note on the Transliterationxxiii
The Sack with Pink Stripes9
Winter Berries21
My First Readers29
At the Rich Relatives55
At the Mill75
The Four-Ruble War83
Yentl the Yeshiva Boy101
A Satin Coat131
Bella Fell in Love211
Rosh Hashanah233
Two Heads243
In the Boardinghouse247
Bryna's Mendl259
Bubbe Henya269
Bubbe Malke279
Scenes on a Bare Canvas291
The Fourth Mitzvah303
The Death of My Aunt309
Selected Source Notes323
Selected Bibliography327
Copyrights and Permissions329
About the Translators331
About the Editor336

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BEAUTIFUL AS THE MOON, RADIANT AS THE STARS: JEWISH WOMEN IN YIDDISH STORIES: AN ANTHOLOGY is a superb look at what it means to be a Jewish woman especially in a westernized society but also in places like Tsar Russia. Many of the stories were originally written in Yiddish and are transliterated into English so some of the idiomatic meaning may be lost, but the overall intent is captured and the prose smooth. The contributions were published in late 19th- and early 20th-century Europe, Russia, the United States and Israel with most found in 1920s and 1930s Yiddish newspapers and magazines............................................. Each of the short stories is well written and endearing as the topics remain strong today. Subjects like love for family, community and torah, and identity and assimilation remain powerful discussion topics even today. The commonalty besides being interesting is that all share (regardless of the authors' age, marital status, or social class) the belief that the Jewish female is key to the religion¿s survival. This is a superb anthology that though it provides a deep look into the early twentieth century Jewish life, the stories ring true for any person living in the information technology age................................... Harriet Klausner