Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903 (Dear America)

By Kathryn Lasky

In a colourful and colourful portrait of a Jewish kinfolk, this is often the diary of a Russian immigrant lady who starts a brand new existence at the decrease East aspect of latest York urban.

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The mirrors in our condominium are coated during mourning. We take a seat on low stools and a few bins. Papa is going to paintings, yet I pass over university. Mama stated I didn’t need to, yet i need to. i do know i didn't reason Reb Simcha’s demise. I suggest, i believe i do know that, yet how may possibly i've got had such negative suggestions concerning the terrible previous guy correct sooner than he died? And all simply because he was once somewhat pungent. i can't even keep in mind the scent now. it's long past — like Reb Simcha. Miriam informed me that Sean advised her that during the Catholic faith you could cross and confess their sins and ask forgiveness as soon as every week. I want Jews had that. I shall need to wait until eventually Yom Kippur to be washed of this sin, if i will even then. Yom Kippur is 5 months away! Serves me correct, i suppose. April 21, 1904 I went again to varsity at the present time for the 1st time on account that Reb Simcha’s dying. wager what? Blu has eventually been promoted. She’s in fourth grade. yet wager what else? i've been promoted to 5th grade. So we’re nonetheless no longer ninety six together! yet Blu was once so happy and thankful to me for my aid that she received me a soda and a pickle after tuition. She says she's going to meet up with me ahead of the top of faculty. We went again to her residence and did what we so much love to do to perform our English. We translate the letters within the Bintel short. there has been a superb one this present day. a woman wrote in and acknowledged her husband doesn't like that she's going to evening highschool days per week. He doesn't think she has the ideal. The Bintel short editor wrote again that this is often the USA and everybody has the perfect to an schooling no matter if that individual is person. Blu and that i say we will by no means marry a guy like that woman’s husband. after all, i feel Blu possibly by no means will marry after her father is going and disappears. April 30, 1904 Uncle Schmully is our new boarder. he's enjoyable. He doesn't look so previous yet he needs to be approximately sixty as Tanta Fruma will be virtually sixty if she have been alive. Uncle Schmully wishes me to educate him English. he'll pay me! ninety seven 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24S 25R 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 H24 G25 could 2, 1904 Uncle Schmully is a quick learner. in exactly 3 days he understands the names of the times of the week. I write down ten vocabulary phrases each day for him. He learns them quickly. He desires to research phrases for his paintings — like needle, scissors, thread, and phrases for meals and purchasing issues in shops. yet after all Tovah has her record of phrases that she desires to train Uncle Schmully. here's a part of Tovah’s record that she gave me to coach him: union set up oppressed exploited I informed Tovah if you'd like him to benefit those phrases, you educate him. may possibly four, 1904 Mamie introduced me a few extra photos of Jacob Adler and one in all his spouse, Sarah, in a play referred to as God, guy and satan. i need to have an entire wall coated with stars of ninety eight the Yiddish theater. Boris says he'll get me a poster ads a convey. could 15, 1904 Uncle Schmully is familiar with how a lot i admire theater and during his paintings he will get particular cost for tickets to a play, yet now not a Yiddish play.

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