Irene Berman wrote:
Messages to this discussion group often use the term "shtetl" when apparentlyDorf (English: thorp) identifies a village, in general, a place with a church but
without a market.
This is not what shtetl (or settlement) was all about since market was the
central to all shtetls.
Shtetls (literally small towns) were known as Miasteczko (Polish) and
Towns with significant Jewish population were referred by Jews as Shtot.
The difference between the town (Lat. Civitas) and the small town or settlement
(Lat. Oppidum) was based primarily on the fact that shtetl was smaller than the
Smaller towns (shtetls) due to the distance to major urban centers had an
important function for the supply of products and services for the nearest rural