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.

CHAPTER ONE FAR OUT UPON THE STEPPES Not a thing could be seen. Everything was en-veloped in a cloud of smoke which poured right into the room from the oven, where the fire had just been started. Out of the smoke could be heard the small shrill voice of a little boy straining to keep up with the impatient voice of a man. They were chant-ing a verse from the Pentateuch, the original Hebrew and the Yiddish translation following each other in alternate phrases. “ Va- yomer— and He spoke, Elohim— God, el- Moshe— to Moses, lemor— saying.” When the wreaths of smoke grew thinner, there appeared, as through a mist, first the great oven tak-ing up half the room, and on top of it something large, uncouth and shadowy. Soon the thing began to stir, and it seemed as though a portion of the oven was breaking away from the rest. Gradually it assumed the shape of a human being with a huge abdomen and a long red beard. And a massive ta-ble appeared through the smoke with numerous bar-rels and brandy kegs on it, some shelves covered with dry goods, strings of candles hanging from one of them. At the table sat a Jew with curly ear- locks beneath a feather- covered cap. He was wrapped in a sort of woman’s quilt- gown kept in place by a   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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