The book life is with people of
shtetl gives details about culture, immigration of ancient Jewish people to US
with Eastern Europe was the centre.
It was easy to recognize and
identity them because of their ways of doing things and life they maintained
which was totally different and the way they prayed & studied in Hebrew
has been in existence for so long which is still maintained till now
irrespective of any environment where they found themselves today.
Shtetl tradition was imbedded
into Jewish children right from childhood, they were taught how to pray and
study, they commandments of the scripture by studying and knowing them.
A typical mother’s day dream is
that her son shall become a learned student and also a clever business man.
Jewish valued learning because it gives prestige, respect, authority and status
ideally, learning has been and is regarded as the primary value and wealth as
subsidiary or complimentary
Jewish attached greats important
to learning, because it affects the status in the society, marriage and respect
to the family. This has been from generations to generations. Emphasis on learning are placed more on men
than women. Infact a Jewish without learning is incomplete, ignoramus.
The man of outstanding learning
enjoys top honours in the community; he has fulfilled the prime requisite of
the beautiful Jew. His contributions are respected, valued and honoured.
Prosters on other hand are
principally unschooled, artisans, the peddlers. They may have elementary
learning sometimes they are richer than those learned men who give themselves
to study. While the sheyneth engage in Sabbath the prosteh do labour for the
week.Both see each other as an essential partner in the Life of the community
as the men of action while the other of Man of thought.
The role of woman as reflected in
Torah is the belief that men and women are incomplete without the other.
Woman’s is expected to learn the Yiddish and some Hebrews. They study more of
Yiddish book like Pentateuch
Roles of women in home cannot be
overlooked. Too much learning is unfeminine. Women formal status is indirect,
it related not to herself as an individual but to her position as wife and
mother. Woman life is home centered but not home limited. She does the buying
and selling where the man may not be good enough.
To a comfortable degree, each sex
is oriented to its own reality but both depend on each other to keep life going
in the society.
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