Friday, November 4, 2011

'Sholem' documentary is full of Jewish history

In 1859, the man who would become known as the Jewish Mark Twain was born Solomon Rabinovich near Kiev in what was then the Russia pale, a zone set aside for second-class Jews. In his shtetl, young Solomon was relatively prosperous and educated, and after he eloped with the daughter of a Russian landowner, he inherited enough money to invest in schemes. One was a literary journal in Yiddish, the folkloric language in which poor Jews communicated.
Under the pen-name Sholem Aleichem (the Yiddish equivalent of "Hello, how are you?"), he wrote hundreds of stories about Russian Jews, who yearned for a better life in a rapidly changing world. Like his creation Tevye the Milkman, Rabinowich had many daughters and was caught between the rural past and an urban revolutionary future.
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