Abraham Cahan () was a Russian-American novelist and labor leader . His family, which was devoutly Orthodox, moved in to Wilna; there young. Introduction. Abraham Cahan’s English-language novella Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto, published in , is a work of realistic fiction that draws attention. Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto [Abraham Cahan] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The operatives of the cloak-shop in which Jake.

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He watches Shaya and his former teacher in ungodly pursuits and follows them to the “evil” library. Although Abrahham rejects this idea since he would be a fool to marry Hanele now that she is so poor, he has now been dahan from a bochor into a choson, a young man placed on the matrimonial market.

Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colossus”. Beileappears in A Sweatshop Romance Beile is courted by Heyman but thinks he is too stingy to propose. Jekl and Wagnalls Company, Oxford University Press,6. Have your students compare the photographs to the passage. As a character, Yekl is a complete jerk, but I think a lot of this comes from how much I understand and sympathize with his wife Gitl and the efforts that she makes to conform to society in ways that she shouldn’t have to.

Asriel refuses to send Shaya away even if she ccahan not agree to the match because he is fond of the boy. He was the founder-editor of the Yiddish newspaper, Forverts. Rouvke grabs Gospodin and yells for the police, but a hotel runner saves Hanele and Gospodin Levinsky as the other peddlers laugh at Rouvke. Asriel grows fearful of death after his retirement. Kavarskyappears in Yekl Mrs.


Have students read the passage and discuss: Ask them to describe the voice of the characters depicted in this scene. He claims that his mother convinced him to act contrary to his will. Asriel is displeased with the presence of a Gentile, Catholic Church in his town. Skip to main content.

Yekl: A Tale Of The New York Ghetto by Abraham Cahan

I really enjoyed reading this short book! Asriel greets his daughter and tells her he has brought her a present: Asriel prays as it is the anniversary of his father’s death and Asriel is a very pious. Bernstein is an educated man who works at the cloak shop with Jake. Mamie tells him to go home to his wife and son because it is ykl late.

American Jewish Immigrant Radicals, Cahn think of yourself five years ago. Might her husband be making related changes in his life without her consent?

Jake yells at Gitl when she speaks Russian. Jake returns to his lodgings, planning to say his prayers, but he realizes that he cannot remember his prayers by heart and, after convincing the landlady of his sincerity, borrows her prayer book. Nathanappears in A Ghetto Wedding Nathan peddles for extra money so that he can marry Goldy, his beloved, quicker. Ask them how they think the music underlines the humor of the lyrics. Asriel praises America and Flora to Shaya.

Loaded with cultural references and a solid encapsulation of this specific time and place in the history of New York Jews. Ask your students to write a new verse to the song from the perspective of Gitl, or an “answer verse” from Jake. Then, invite them to compare their illustrations, or descriptions, to this one.

Although she tries to please him, he ultimately divorces her. Asriel believes that America ruined Shaya. Jane rated it liked it Apr 30, What “favorable part” of the lives of immigrant Jews might Cahan have left out of his book?


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Shaya agrees to be Asriel’s Kaddish and observe the anniversary of Asriel’s death after he is gone. View the Lesson Plans. Reb Tzalel saw Shaya smoking a cigarette on the Sabbath last week. Jan 25, Emma Probst rated it it was amazing.

Asriel rushes out of the synagogue as he begins to see Shaya as sacrilegious. He, however, was attracted by secular knowledge and clandestinely studied the Russian language, ultimately prevailing on his parents to allow him to Abraham Cahan was a Russian-American novelist and labor leader.

Jake and Gitl come face to face for the first time since his flight and the last time as husband and wife in January. David is mesmerized by Beile and enjoys her singing at work. When Asriel forbids the match, Shaya and Flora elope. Arbel, or sleeve, is a reference to his job, but that was four years ago, and Rouvke is greatly changed.

Yekl and the Imported Bridegroom and Other Stories of the New York Ghetto Characters

This tale will resonate with all immigrants. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jake never fully abandons the idea of bringing his wife and son to New York though pricing tickets becomes more of a routine than an actual intention. Kavarsky serves as Gitl’s confidant when Gitl suspects that Jake is cheating on her.