New book on the Jewish Enlightenment: A Contrary Journey by Jill Culiner

A Contrary Journey - a book about Jewish Enlightenment
A Contrary Journey - a book about Jewish Enlightenment

We are excited to share a new book by a man named Culiner. It’s called Entitled. A. Contrary. The journey. . The story of the Jewish enlightenment is told. The bard Velvel Zbarzher was in the Old Country. The poet traveled from Eastern Europe to Turkey and fought for freedom of expression and universal education. In this video and story, we get to see the highlights and her journey of discovery. The author’s bio and purchase options can be found below.

Start with a short video.

The beginning of a different journey.

I was a child who wanted to see worlds that I would never see. I wanted the deep woods of fairy tales, castles, and corrupt London. Balzac, Fielding, and Smollett stirred my imagination. The Old Country has cranky characters and twisted streets.

I had people around me who could give me information from my grandparents.

Tell me about the life of a person back then.I begged them. “Tell me what the things looked like.. ”

Castle from the 19th century

My curiosity was fired by their refusal. I wanted to see it. The Jewish sections of towns and villages. . I wanted to stand in a market with no sound or smell, and frequent local inns. But time stopped.

Thirty years later.

Thirty years later, communism ended. I could travel to Eastern Europe, live there, and even find the former family inn. I could discover what life had been like before we were fed a romanticized version. shtetl. Despite myth, the shtetlech weren’t ideal communities where solidarity, kindness, love, and pious warmth reigned. They were like villages all over.

Life in each shtetl was interwoven into that of the next by marriages, market days, trade fairs, and by those who traveled between them. badkhonim or wedding jesters, merchants, weavers, shoemakers, water carriers, drovers, roofers, sawyers, farmers, wagon drivers, wainwrights, blacksmiths, peddlers, and hawkers. The shtetlech was small enough for people to be known by their nickname, which was often brutal.

Life in the shtetlech.

Some residents were friendly, some were bad, some were poor, and some were wealthy. The unmarried girls from poor families at the bottom of the Jewish social barrel were constantly reminded of their inferior status by cruel comments.

The so-called uneducateds were the workers and craftsmen who were sent off to labor in factories as adolescents. They were less religious than the other people, but they were still Christians in the working world. They were forbidden from participating in religious rituals, but allowed to read additional readings after the Torah service.

Learned men stayed home and studied in study halls and prayer houses. Women raninns, small shops selling cloth, aprons, scarves, ribbons, tar, and resin. A small group of girls attended a few years. The person is ader.The traditional elementary school is located there. . Most remained home, learning business skills, helping with household chores, and raising younger brothers and sisters. The person is called tykes.The Yiddish supplications, prayers, and religious obligations are included.

Old country town of the Jewish enlightenment

The Jewish experience.

The religious law of the Hasidic rebbes or the traditional Mitnagdim dictated every aspect of Jewish life. Independent thinkers were threatened with moral rebuke and expulsion for their secular books. The nineteenth century was a time of great change, of cultural wealth, and of experimentation.

It was a time when social orders were being overthrown. The Enlightenment is a part of the Jewish world. Haskalah.The religious stranglehold in Galicia, Romania, and the Russian Pale was challenged by, begun in Germany a century earlier.

The. maskilimThe Enlightenment’s proponents wanted to create a modern Jew, to open the door to secular education, and found schools where children could learn science, geography, languages, history, and philosophy. They were demanding freedom of thought and movement, the right to read and write modern literature, to question belief, or refuse it altogether.

Life was hard for such rebels. Rejected by their families, they were exiled from their villages and gathered in cities such as Lvov, Vienna, Warsaw, and Odessa. They were starting anew, abandoning frustration, and they did have one thing in common.

Velvel Zbarzher is a person.

Velvel Zbarzher a bard in the time of the Jewish enlightenment

The shtetl of Zbarazh, now Ukraine, was where Velvel Zbarzher was born. He was forced into exile after being considered heretical by the local Jewish community. He spent the rest of his life singing his Hebrew and Yiddish poems to a loyal audience of poor workers and craftsmen in several countries. He married Malkele the Beautiful in Constantinople in the year 1884. He died three years later.

I first discovered Velvel in Sol Liptzin. This one sentence caught my attention.

If he had not spent his time in Rumanian inns and Turkish coffeehouses, Zbarzher would have attained the highest of fame.

I wanted to find that vanished world by taking my talents to inns. I wanted to hear the kind of music that was still being played in the villages I wanted to visit. I wanted to meet Velvel, find the houses where he lived, the towns he passed through, and the inns where he had sung.

Come and join me. We will take the road together and I will show you what can be found.

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Velvel Zbarzher a bard in the time of the Jewish enlightenment

A Contrary Journey with Velvel Zbarzher.The book was published by Claret Press.

It is available at this time. Amazon.Barnes. The book store.)

How about you? Are you curious? Do you want to travel back in time to the mid-1800s?

The author of the photos on this page is Jill Culiner. Permission was used.

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About. The man is named Jill Culiner.

A writer, photographer, and social critical artist, who was raised in Toronto, was born in New York. She has lived in a haunted house on the English moors, a mud house in Hungary, a castle in Germany, a Turkish cave, and a Dutch canal. In a village in France, a former inn is now home to a man who protects all creatures, including spiders and snakes. She is. J. Arlene Culiner writes romance. And. More serious books by the author.

The Jewish history of the author is discussed. There are stories about Jewish interest. Or check out her. There are podcasts..

  1. I have traveled through Europe a lot and the buildings which housed Jewish communities are always fascinating. I don’t know a lot about the history, so this is an excellent place to learn more about it.

    • Hello, you are here,Fiona. This is a forgotten part of history and Velvel Zbarzher is a long-forgotten poet. This story brings back the good times.

  2. It sounds like a fascinating life story. Can’t wait to read it.

    • It is a biography, a travelogue, and a history. There is also humor. Hope you enjoy it.

  3. I am fascinated by Judaica since I was blessed to travel to Israel.

    • Israel is a fascinating country and the study of any religion is always interesting. I loved researching the 19th century, when Jewish life in Eastern Europe changed dramatically.

  4. Thank you for the review. I am eager to read it.

      • This has given me more knowledge about the Jewish faith. I enjoy reading. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I don’t know a lot about the Jewish faith, but this sounds fascinating.

    • Thanks, Krysten. There is information about the Christian peasant world in Eastern Europe, but it is not as well known as the Jewish history.

  6. I don’t read as many books anymore but this writer seems to have a way with words.

    • Thank you, Renata. The sort of comment that would please a writer is saying I have a way with words.

  7. I like the read. I don’t know much about Jewish history, but it seems like a good way to learn more.

    • I hope I have presented history in a lively, colourful way in the book. I want readers to be able to smell and feel the villages. It was a fascinating time.

  8. I really like how you described the story. I would love to read it. Great review.

    • Thank you. Do it! It is a journey into a forgotten world.

  9. What a great review! I don’t know much about this history, but this was fascinating to read.

  10. I didn’t know much about the Jewish faith until recently. I have learned a lot from one of the new scouts in my den, who is Jewish.

  11. I am happy that the Jewish community is bringing attention to it’s features.

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