In the mega-shtetl of Berdichev.
Vilna’s Jewish graveyard and its martyred caretaker.
The Strashun Library, and the heroism of those who saved it.
The Chmielnicki uprising left thousands of Jews dead, and changed intercommunal dynamics.
What Lucy Dawidowicz learned about the breakdown of social order and its effects on the Jews.
Hermann Struck’s World War I.
Ḥasidic women were patrons, pilgrims, and keepers of traditions.
S.Y. Agnon’s “Mistake.”
The “black wedding.”
A Hanukkah uprising in Czechoslovakia.
Hanukkah during the downfall of Ceausescu.
In Ashkenazi folklore, the fruit was a charm for fertility.
A land without opportunity.
The thing I love most is being a yid.