Haman and Mordecai Visit the Shtetl

March 9 2017

As today is the Fast of Esther, which precedes the holiday of Purim (celebrated on Saturday night and Sunday), we offer the short story “Haman and Mordecai,” written between 1905 and 1916 by the great Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem. The story, in the words of the scholar Ruth Wisse, “uses the past to show up the corruption and smallness of the reality of present-day Jewry.” It begins thus (translation by Saul Henkin):

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More about: Arts & Culture, Haman, Jewish literature, Purim, Sholem Aleichem, Shtetl, Yiddish literature

 

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More about: Coronavirus, Israeli society, Ultra-Orthodox