Kiddush Ha-Shem: An Epic of 1648...

One of the earliest historical novels in modern Yiddish literature, Kiddush ha-Shem is a story of Jewish martyrdom during the Chmelnitsky uprising in mid-17th century Ukraine and Poland.

2 KIDDUSH HA- SHEM scarf and shawl, and was swaying over a large book. On one of the brandy kegs sat a little boy dressed all in white and wrapped in a small prayer- shawl. He was swaying over the Pentateuch in unison with his father, and repeated in his shrill little voice: “ Va- yomer— and He spoke, Elohim— God, el Moshe— to Moses, lemor— saying.” But father and son were not permitted to sit long over the Holy Book. From the oven now began to move forward that large, dim, uncouth mass. And only now, when it was quite clear of the oven, was it possible to discern its outlines. It was a tall, stout Greek- Orthodox priest, a massive, staggering figure. His hands were stuck into his broad, red girdle; with a movement of his forehead and without us-ing his hands, he jerked his tall fur hat to the crown of his head. Beads of perspiration broke out on his low forehead, rolled down his hairy nose and disappeared in the endless mazes of his long beard. For a minute he looked blankly at the Jew. Then he said: “ Mendelu, Mendelu, have pity on a Christian soul. Only one more measure, just to drive away the ac-cursed Satan, the evil spirit which torments me to get drunk. I’ll put him to sleep and drive him out. Have pity, Mendelu!” “ Ay, ay, Little Father, you will not give that wick-ed Devil his fill, you will not drive him away. The more you’ll pour into his unclean throat, the more he’ll torment you. Better not feed him, better let him starve. When the accursed demon will realize that he   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

Kiddush Ha-Shem: An Epic of 1648


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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageEpigraphCONTENTSPART I1. FAR OUT UPON THE STEPPES2. LOSING COUNT OF THE DAYS3. A SYNAGOGUE! A SYNAGOGUE!4. THE DEDICATION OF THE SYNAGOGUE5. THE MARRIED COUPLE6. TO THE YESHIVAH7. IN THE HEART OF THE STEPPE8. THE CONFERENCE OF PARNASIM9. THE PREACHER OF POLNO10. THE ANNUAL LUBLIN FAIRPART I I1. “IT HAS BEGUN”2. SHLOMELE COMES HOME3. THE FEAST OF WEEKS4. THE EXILE FROM ZLOCHOV5. “WE WILL DO AND OBEY”6. NEMIROV7. ACROSS THE RIVER8. THE CAPTIVE9. THE DICE10. IN THE OPEN FIELD11. FOR THE FAITH AND FOR THE TORAH12. THE LETTER13. THE GREAT ORDEAL14. KIDDUSH HA-SHEM15. IN THE ORCHARD16. THE GOLDEN SLIPPERS
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