The superintendent would all the time

In his nice method, the superintendent would all the time clarify that it doesn’t matter what work be given to her it will be onerous for an outdated girl. Repeatedly he informed her that she was within the residence to relaxation and to take pleasure in her outdated age.

However there was one factor that disturbed the superin-tendent, the housekeeper, and her room companions.

It was recurring for Yente Leavitt to choose up two or three slices of white bread after every meal and convey them to her room. They tried to interrupt her of this behavior by ex-plaining that crumbs of meals weren’t sanitary. The pleas that she may get all of the meals she needed between meals and that the pots for tea have been all the time on the fireplace, have been of no avail.

Yente Leavitt carried bread to her room with out stop.

One afternoon after minchah (afternoon prayer) when Yente Leavitt was leaving the synagogue, the superin-tendent invited her to his workplace. She was not shocked  at receiving his invitation, for she felt that there was nothing critical concerned.             .

After he invited her to make herself comfy in a chair, he turned and spoke smilingly.

“Mrs. Leavitt, I learn article in a medical journal final night time which may be very attention-grabbing.

She appeared up together with her shiny eyes, and together with her chm nonetheless exhibiting the hint of a dimple, and pleasantly requested, “What’s a medical journal?”

“Nicely,” he defined, “it’s a journal the place they te folks the right way to maintain their well being; what to eat; what to drink; and the right way to be properly.”

The phrases “what to eat” gave her the primary alarm. Her nice temper was modified and she or he inquired suspiciously, “What has this journal to do with me? I’m feeling advantageous. I’ve all I would like. I’m not kicking. “Nicely,” the superintendent began to elucidate, a distinguished physician has an article on this journal wherein he explains that for outdated folks an excessive amount of white bread is unhealthy. It helps their digestion after they eat pumpernickel. Pumpernickel helps in some ways, whereas white bread is constipating.

Yente Leavitt appeared into the face of the supermtendent for just a few moments and laughed.

“Many instances you wrote letters for me to my wealthy son. After all, he ignored my writings. That isn’t your fault. Might I ask you presently yet one more private favor?”



There was silence for a number of moments.

As one who’s free of chains, Ben, the lonely boarder, raised his head and with a particular method he stated to his landlady, “I’ve an thought.”

“What’s it?” she requested, making use of her traditional optimism. “I’d not have to maneuver if I marry you.”

“Why don’t you place extra sugar in your tea?” she requested, as they checked out one another smilingly.

SONIA BOROWSKY appeared out the entrance window early within the morning and watched her non-Jewish neighbors cleansing the snow from the entrance of their homes.

Your complete neighborhood was lined with a thick blanket of snow from the blizzard the night time earlier than.

She envied her neighbors for having the ability to do that laborious work. Most of them had been from the chief class, who didn’t must be at their places of work at any specified hour.

Her husband, Leon, and her two sons with whom he was related in enterprise, left early within the morning with the promise that they’d clear off the snow once they returned within the night.

In fact, they didn’t notice that the Moms’ Membership was to fulfill at their house this afternoon, and if the snow weren’t cleaned off they’d have a tough time parking their vehicles.

The God of Israel, Who at all times watches over His individuals, introduced assist to Mrs. Borowsky. She observed a coloured man passing with shovel, broom, and choose on his shoulder.

“Say, there! Would you want to scrub off the snow in entrance of my home?”

“Sure, ma’am,” the Negro replied with a smile. “I ain’t carrying this stuff on my shoulder for ornaments. . . . I’ll be glad to do it. . . . Why not? . . . Onerous to get a job. . . . You already know, discrimination throughout.”

After watching him clear the sidewalks for some time, Mrs. Borowsky retired to the kitchen to complete the prepa-ration of goodies for the anticipated visitors.

She couldn’t keep on her ft lengthy, as a result of the truth that since she had decreased her well being was failing her.

When the door bell rang, it was the Negro coming to gather his pay.

Since she thought he is perhaps hungry she invited him in for a cup of espresso and a sandwich.

She knew he was happy with what she had paid him by his hearty urge for food.



Nonetheless, he was attracted by the sound of singing voices from throughout the synagogue.

He left his automotive to enter the constructing. As he walked up the steps, the voices of the youngsters grew to become clearer.

In his childhood, Gordon had been compelled by his father to attend the synagogue each Friday evening and Saturday morning. Since he had left dwelling, he had not even entered a Jewish home of worship. This was maybe the explanation for his hesitating to enter the synagogue. However the youngsters’s voices drew him. . . . Who may inform, maybe his Rosaline was amongst them. . . .

He had guessed accurately.

Upon the altar stood about twenty youngsters, most of them ladies, watching the director in entrance of them in-tently. They had been singing En Kelohenu.

Gordon knew that Rosaline was attending the varsity, however not that she was additionally within the youngsters’s choir. Although he was not musically inclined himself, he may detect the candy, ringing voice of his youngster. . . .

He was touched.

When the youngsters concluded the singing, the director observed that all of them seemed in the direction of the door, particularly Rosaline.

When Morris Silverman, the director, circled he was instantly acknowledged by Max Gordon.

It was just a few days earlier than that Morris Silverman had referred to as on Gordon with some samples of merchandise. Gordon, the exhausting purchaser, knowledgeable Silverman that he was not . And right here the identical Silverman to whom he had acted so indifferently and brusquely was eager about his youngster. . . .

Right now Max Gordon wished to keep away from assembly Silverman once more, so he rushed again to his automotive. Rosaline joined him afterwards.

“Have you learnt,” the daddy inquired of his youngster, “the title of the person who teaches you singing?”

“Positive, daddy,” she replied. “His title is Mr. Silverman and all of us love him as a result of he’s instructing us easy methods to sing Jewish songs and he’s so good to us. Daddy, he’s a pleasant man.”

Monday morning, when Silverman acquired a tele-phone name from Gordon, he was moderately shocked.

An hour later, Silverman was greeted by Gordon on the latter’s place of work.

“Did you convey your samples with you?” Gordon in-quired with a twinkle in his eye.

“I didn’t know for what function you telephoned me, and in addition to you realize the producers I symbolize and the merchandise they promote.”


Glad all these years

As for Mrs. Bin, who had been glad all these years with a gingham gown, she shortly discovered the kinds in attire of an enormous metropolis. Lots of her tenants envied her when she got here Saturday morning to the “Veibisher Shul,” that’s, the ladies’s part of the synagogue. Her fingers, which had been toiling for thus a few years dealing with over-alls, work shirts, and cotton gloves, had been now adorned with loads of rings with massive stones.

The Bins had been considerably shocked that their daughter had as but not made a “catch.” Little did they understand that metropolis boys are fashionable and they don’t fall for a lady with bodily power and rosy cheeks. They could admire a woman who’s “zaftig,” however they won’t marry her.

It was, due to this fact, a nice shock to the Bins, par-ticularly to Mrs. Bin, when Rachel knowledgeable them that she would carry a visitor, a Jewish professor, for dinner on Friday night time.

Within the grocery retailer and within the butcher store, the pleased mom knowledgeable all her pals of the distinguished visitor who would grace their Friday night time desk.

Her head was in a turmoil, making an attempt to resolve which gown to put on for the event. Although her Moe had been visiting the barber each two weeks, she insisted on his attendance on the tonsorial parlor earlier than that lapse of time, in order that he would possibly seem fully presentable.

Rachel herself she was not anxious about, for the mom all the time stated, “My daughter—even when she wears rags, her magnificence is excellent.”

Bin was not once more heard after his recitation

On the dinner desk, the voice of Bin was not once more heard after his recitation of the Kiddush. Mrs. Bin felt extremely complimented over the hearty urge for food of her visitor. This meant that her cooking was good. And in-cidentally, she admired the cleancut look of the professor, significantly his sharply-pointed mustache.

Earlier than his coming, mom and daughter had come to an understanding that daughter mustn’t enter the kitchen, to allow her to entertain the visitor. However when the final of the dishes had been eliminated, the voice of Mrs. Bin was heard.

“Rachel, Rachel, I need to see you for a second. I need to ask you one thing.” When the daughter got here into the kitchen, Mrs. Bim spoke reasonably timidly.

“It isn’t typically we will have a professor in the home. Now you know the way my rheumatism bothers me. These days I even have a little bit cough, and every so often I’ve a heartburning. Altogether, I’m not effectively. Do you suppose your professor wish to look at me?”

All these ideas add to his weariness

Baronsky additionally remembers about his mistake of driving downtown with Sam Sussman, who made a dozen busi-ness stops on the way in which, and consequently Baronsky misplaced two clients who didn’t look forward to him.

So he has come to the conclusion that irrespective of how onerous it was for him to climb the “L” steps, he would remember to attain his administrative center in time. Suppose he does really feel a beating of his coronary heart and if his respiration is heavy! So what! Baronsky realizes that he’s not younger any extra . . . moreover, even the younger die . . .

This morning he reaches the prepare simply in time. The automobile being half empty, he finds a cushty seat and relaxes. For him the passengers getting on and off at every station don’t exist. His thoughts and ideas are on the bitter experiences of final night time.

He had on his checklist just a few names on whom to name and accumulate contributions for the Talmud Torah, the place needy kids are given a Jewish schooling. He succeeded in acquiring cash from some, however those that refused broke his coronary heart. These had been those to whom he needed to climb to the third flooring. After reaching them he might hardly speak. As an example, he was instructed by one which because the factories had been working at full velocity individuals ought to be capable to pay for his or her kids’s schooling. One mentioned that he had simply sufficient to pay the dues for his golf equipment and different such requirements. Nonetheless one other argued that he would discover it onerous sufficient to handle anticipated rela-tives from overseas.

What frightened Baronsky most was that these individuals who refused him had been those that had include him from the previous nation, and who introduced with all of them the advantageous traditions and beliefs from Jewish properties. Right here they forged all of it apart and turned a deaf ear to his pleas.

He thinks now of the nice variety of males who for a few years supported the synagogue by which he’s nonetheless energetic and who now have departed this life. Even the honking of automobiles won’t disturb their eternal sleep.

All these ideas add to his weariness. He’s drained and his head sinks on his chest; he falls asleep.

On the subsequent station Samuel Malowsky enters the automobile. He’s of the retired class. He’s properly glad along with his achievements and safety. He gives the look that he ought to make pilgrimages to the grave of his mom in gratitude to her for having introduced him into the world.


When Pals Cosprine

THE traditional happiness and congeniality prevail on the sup-per desk of the Rottenberg household. They’re father, mom, son David, and daughter Lena. Each the youngsters are college graduates and maintain accountable positions. From time to time they trace to their dad and mom that they need to transfer into a greater neighborhood, however not with a lot strain, as a result of they don’t wish to disturb their dad and mom whom they love. They understand that the oldsters would favor to stay the place they’re.

In fact Dave and Lena have their younger pals in different components of town. Lena belongs to a cultural membership miles away and Dave is lively in civic organizations and belongs to a down city Jewish membership.

This night once more Lena asks her mom whether or not she might assist in the kitchen, and Dave pronounces they don’t seem to be going to eat till mom involves the desk.

All of the meals is positioned earlier than them they usually get pleasure from mom’s palatable cooking. As a matter of truth the daddy makes them really feel once more that that is the very best meal mom ever cooked.

The phone rings and Dave is the primary to choose up the receiver.

Some one is asking for his mom. For nearly 5 minutes the remaining take heed to mom saying, “Oh sure, I’ll be glad to do it.” “It will likely be a pleasure and they’ll all be- glad to satisfy you.”

When she finishes the dialog she approaches her household with a beaming face and says, Of us, that is certainly a shock. Our previous good friend, Hannah Barsky, poured out her coronary heart to me; she may be very lonesome within the suburbs the place she now lives and he or she wish to meet all of the landsleit whom she hasn’t seen for a very long time. She needs me to ask them to our residence and he or she and her husband will drive over to see them. She defined that it might be a hardship for a few of them to return to her residence as a result of distance.”

Dave seems to be into his mom’s face and smiles. “Ma, I do know why Mrs. Barsky received so lonesome for her previous pals. The opposite day she got here to the membership together with her husband sporting a fur coat that seemed prefer it price actual cash; as a matter of truth she appeared like 100 greenback payments have been pinned on her nostril. I’m positive that she needs to exhibit it to her previous pals.”


Ike Financial institution is sitting at a desk

Ike Financial institution is sitting at a desk in Levy’s Lunch Room surrounded by a bunch of fellow-workers at Pipkowitz’s junk store. A few of them drink tea and others refresh themselves with seltzer. A recreation of playing cards is below means. No cash, after all; they play for chips. Yankel, the tailor, is there, too. Yankel, who’s effectively posted on all present occasions, is their authority on such issues, and at numerous instances whereas they’re taking part in he favors them with inside info as to what actually is occurring on the earth. In fact, he isn’t thought-about a kibitzer, for they’re aware of the truth that he isn’t a card participant. He’s with them simply to be sociable.

Ike in the present day is in good spirits. After working a few years

within the junk yard he has simply been made foreman of the yard, and he’s rejoicing in the truth that any more he’ll supervise the sorting of the iron and tin—whereas the others do the precise work.

“Say, Ike, does your wealthy brother know that you’re a foreman now? That brother of yours might be pleased with you.”

The guy asking this query is aware of that Ike just isn’t on good phrases together with his brother, and by doing so he is aware of he’s additionally touching Ike’s weak spot.

“No, but when I ought to ever personal a yard of my very own, then I suppose my brother would admit that we’re each offspring of the identical father and mom,” Ike solutions. “Within the meantime, I’m only a working man, a standard, extraordinary fellow and never his equal, and moreover, since he doesn’t fear about me why ought to I hassle about him? I’m certain he isn’t how I’m doing and what I’m doing.”

“Hi there, Reuben,” somebody says, and Ike seems to be as much as see his ten yr outdated boy coming into.

“Pa,” says Reuben, “come residence and also you’ll discover a huge shock.”

“What’s it?” asks father Ike.

“Uncle Benjamin is there. He got here in a giant automo-bile.”

Ike is stunned.

Bitterness mingled with candy recollections fills his coronary heart and thoughts. He avoids the glances of his associates. From the nook of his eyes he notices the beaming face of his son.

For Reuben the go to of his wealthy uncle is a good occasion.

To offer a newly-found relative

Effectively, what was there to do? I wasn’t going to provide a newly-found relative, and particularly a Hungarian, an opportunity to say that we Litvaks by no means go to the baths. So

I went with him.

How does the saying go? Even a Litvak shouldn’t be fabricated from metal and iron. I had been rubbed a lot that lastly I gave manner and fainted whereas the muscular Swede was nonetheless engaged on me. He himself nearly died of fright; and when my relative helped me out of the bath-house he begged me to pardon him, as he didn’t know that I used to be unaccustomed to taking a sweat bathtub.

I returned residence to my spouse with very heat greetings from her hospitable family members.


IT IS late within the morning.

A skinny blanket of snow covers the grounds of the pre-tentious properties within the trendy suburb of Etna.

Solely the evergreen timber are a reminder that a few months in the past homosexual coloured flowers dotted the countryside, contrasting with the drab colours of the suburban

At times the calm is disturbed by a servant bring-ing out the household wash to hold on the road within the bac yard. The crisp garments swaying within the frosty late autumn wind add one other contact of whiteness to the snowy scene. In entrance of the luxurious properties, stiff, uniformed chaut feurs seem on the open doorways of cars, ready for the girl of the home to enter.

Previous David Silk, who two months in the past moved from the acquainted Jewish neighborhood into the house of his mar-ried daughter, sits in a snug chair in his bed room and appears out into the space.

Earlier than leaving his previous environment, Silk had hesitated for fairly some time. He had spent his whole life, since com-ing from Poland as a younger man, within the previous Jewish sec-tion. There he had reared his youngsters, who had been now scattered to the 4 corners of the nation. That’s, all besides the one daughter who now lived within the trendy suburb of Etna.

His daughter and son-in-law realized

His daughter and son-in-law realized that it will take a while for his or her father to regulate himself to his new atmosphere. However they understood that there was no different manner open, since he had been left alone after the demise of his beloved spouse.

So hesitant was their father to maneuver to the suburb that he even hinted that maybe they need to place him within the House for the Aged. After all, his youngsters wouldn’t consent to this, since it will be a mirrored image upon their fame.


This Materialistic World

MAX ZAGORSKY rushes into his home . . . the tempo is one with which his spouse, Dora, has been acquainted for all these years.

Zagorsky is a really busy man. He by no means has time.

First a junk peddler, then the proprietor of a small junk yard, and now the proprietor of a giant scrap metallic institution, using fifty folks within the yard, and a clerical workers, his mode of life has nonetheless not modified.

One thing pulls him to mingle with the lads within the yard and to select up and assort metallic as they do. He does this once in a while; this is the reason he nonetheless has calloused palms, as within the previous days.

As a matter of reality, two of the employees needed to name a strike as a result of he wouldn’t keep out of the yard. However the union enterprise agent, a relatively clever man, quieted them, saying:

“Nicely, the previous man isn’t simply making an attempt to avoid wasting a number of cents. He likes it. He’s used to it. Let him have a very good time.

“Did you put together the Chanukah candles?” Zagorsky asks his spouse as he enters the home. “Please, Dora do it fast. I’ve no time!”

From the kitchen comes his spouse’s reply. My God!

I virtually forgot that that is Chanukah evel Simply am mute, Max. Let me put the potatoes on the range and 111 be rio-ht in. By the way in which . . . the shamash (sexton)^ rom the shul introduced the candles over this morningl

“Did you pay him for them?” Zagorsky asks. Listening to no reply from the kitchen, his voice rises. “Didn’t I let you know a thousand occasions that each time our shamash brings issues for the vacations you shouldn’t let him return with out paying him? You don’t have any proper to let him go along with empty palms. You recognize he’s not a bankerl He has to make a dwelling. My credit score is nice with the banks . with everybodyl Besides my very own spouse received’t belief me sufficient to put out a number of cents for the shamash.

Zagorsky desires to say extra, however at that second the door opens and his youthful son, Ben, is available in, carrying books below his arm.

The daddy addresses him, half in anger, half wit


“Right here he’s, my educated son, my nice professor. All he is aware of is books, books, and books. Fortunes I spend on him. He may very well be a physician, a lawyer. He comes dwelling with a bit of paper from his college and he tells me he’s a bachelor of philosophy. The satan is aware of what it’s! All I do know is I’m not as lucky as the opposite fathers of my landsleit. I wouldn’t give for that piece of paper the smallest piece of rusty ironl”

Mrs. Zagorsky, listening to her husband’s loud voice and the argument she has heard so usually earlier than, comes into the entrance room with the candles. She, too, raises her voice.


So unimportant in our critical on a regular basis life

“Why argue about one thing that’s so unimportant in our critical on a regular basis life? The actual fact stays that ham comes from a pig… This alone makes it abhorrent. Moreover, we now have by no means heard of anybody dying from gefilte fish, however we do hear typically of somebody getting ptomaine poisoning from oysters.”

“Mr. Israel, I’m actually stunned to listen to your views on this matter. I had an thought that you’re extra liberal than thatl”

Israel, noticing her tone, tries to create a extra nice environment.

“You remind me of King Jeroboam who sinned and who induced Israel to sin. However, my darling, you received’t victimize me!”

Each of them snicker.

Benjamin Israel is sort of by together with his meal however his companion has not but been served. It pleases him that the ham sandwich has not but appeared on the desk.

“It takes hours nowadays,” Miss Berman complains, “to be served. Right here I’ve to return to the workplace and I haven’t but gotten my meals.”

At this second, the waitress seems and in a matter- of-fact method explains.

“I’m sorry, we’re all out of ham.”


FOUR younger Jewish moms carrying slacks in a wide range of colours and all puffing cigarettes had been pushing buggies on the avenue on the way in which to do their buying on the Sabbath day.

If one listened to their dialog, he would uncover that their discussions are restricted to chimney-like hats, thimble-shaped bonnets, and the great occasions at sure events.

As for the 4 infants, they had been of a wide range of varieties—however cute. It will take an skilled anthro-pologist to outline the shapes and appears of the infants, properly dressed and seemingly well-fed.

For the reason that 4 moms had been occupying your complete sidewalk, a variety of the pedestrians had been obliged to go on the road as a way to go them. Some did it pleasantly, indicating their love for infants. Others felt indignant.

One of many moms abruptly burst out with a com-plaint that her husband had not been feeling nicely these days. Her mate is her former boss. Though he was ten years her senior, it was a terrific day for her when she might inform the opposite women, “You see, our boss picked me out of all of you.”

When one of many women requested her why she had married a person a lot older than herself, she stated angrily, “I labored onerous all my life. I’m entitled to have a house with all of the comforts.”