Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903 (Dear America)
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In a vibrant and colorful portrait of a Jewish family, this is the diary of a Russian immigrant girl who begins a new life on the Lower East Side of New York City.
think, for in addition to Blu being so upset, Yitzy is. He says his father is a schnook. I didn’t know what he meant. So, what’s a schnook? I ask. He says it’s a patsy. So, what’s a patsy? I ask. “You know,” he says, “someone who gets taken advantage of.” The boss in his father’s factory charged him for some cloth that he claims he was shorted on in an order. Yitzy says the boss thinks his father is stealing material to make samples of his own. Yitzy wants him to quit and go to work for Brooks
First he went and now we follow. So it all began on Passover of the year 1901. I was just ten years old. I had two ears then. I still have them. So, yes, I guess I am lucky. But am I lucky to live with a smelly little bag of chicken bones who incidentally is a genius? Lucky to live in a three-room apartment with one window? Lucky to have running water in the hall when we had a whole brook running just outside our house in Zarichka? Lucky to live in a place that is so dark that when I go to bed at
anything about Sean and Miriam. Why did they have to go and ruin it all by falling in love and getting married? 125 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24S 25R 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 H24 G25 September 22, 1904 Sukkot has been better than I thought, mostly because of Uncle Schmully. He is so funny and he is clever and he made us a beautiful sukkah this year. He punched designs with a nail in tin cans and then we put candles in them
pictures and she and Yitzy bought a home in Beverly Hills, California, with a swimming pool and tennis courts. She learned how to swim at the age of fifty-two and took up tennis that year as well. Zipporah Feldman lived a very long life, which was rich with beginnings and endings and much in between. When she was well into her eighties she attended the stage debut of her great-granddaughter Fruma in the role of Mary Magdalen in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar. She was
ways or with the Old Country. They wanted to be American. There was pride in being an American. America was seen as a great “melting pot,” an ideal place where all individuals were an important part of the mix, no matter what their national or ethnic origins. Each person may have been considered equal by law, but in fact, people tended to stay with their own, and in the crowded neighborhoods there were often conflicts among the Irish, the Italians, the Polish, and various other groups. Still,