Jewish Children (Yudishe Kinder)


Read by Adrian Praetzellis

(4.6 stars; 14 reviews)

Although written from a child's perspective, this is not a kids book but a series of funny, poignant, and sometimes disturbing stories about life in a late 19th-century Russian-Jewish village -- the world of my grandparents. Sholem Rabinovich (1859-1916) was born in Pereiaslav, Ukraine and later immigrated to New York. His short stories about Tevye and his daughters were freely adapted into the musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Rabinovich's will contained the following injunction: "Let my name be recalled with laughter or not at all." His translator, Hannah Berman, was Irish of Lithuanian descent. Some of these stories may be too intense for younger children. (summary by Adrian Praetzellis) (7 hr 36 min)

Chapters

A page from the Song of Songs 17:58 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Passover in a Village 22:39 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Elijah the Phophet 9:21 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Getzel 19:23 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
A Lost L’Ag Beomer 13:04 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Murderers 19:41 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Three Little Heads 15:12 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Greens for Shevuous 17:09 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Another page from the Song of Songs 17:09 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
A Pity for the Living 11:31 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
The Tabernacle (The Sukkah) 21:55 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
The Dead Citron 20:09 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Isshur the Beadle 22:25 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Boaz the Teacher 18:25 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
The Spinning Top 41:44 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Esther 15:56 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
The Pocket-Knife 43:45 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
On the Fiddle 57:14 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
This Night 51:25 Read by Adrian Praetzellis

Reviews

Jewish Children.

(5 stars)

I wish I could give ten stars each, both to the author and the reader. Thank you!

Sholem Aleichem stories - yes!

(5 stars)

Outstanding reading of these first person tales of an eastern European Jewish village. Funny, poignant, sometimes disturbing, and exceedingly atmospheric. Thank you librivox.org! (The BookWorm, Manchester, UK)

Jewish childhood come alive!

(5 stars)

An account of the childhood of a Jewish child brought alive with detailed descriptions of the characters living in his village. The reader Adrian deserves more than complements, he speaks from the soul of the child. Thanks for such heartfelt and beautiful rendering of this old book, the voice shrinks time and space, bringing me right into the country life without electronics, yet seemingly so full because of the closeness of the villagers.

Delightful and Rich

(5 stars)

These short tales are touching, funny and sad. Expertly delivered by Adrian Praetzellis.

(5 stars)

beautiful book. movingly and brilliantly read !