This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #general


Bruce Drake <BDrake@...>
 

In addition to all of the narratives, histories and remembrances of shtetl
life one finds in Yizkor books, I always take pleasure in coming upon "real
-time" accounts of how life and business was conducted (and adjudicated) in
the Jewish towns of Europe. Such an excerpt is ">from the Community Records
of Korelitz" (Karelichy) in Belarus. Here you see how "community chiefs" and
others dealt with a woman who traveled with a non-Jew without a chaperone,
tailors who overcharged for their goods, the struggles - especially for
those not well-off - of the obligation to provide ceremonial meals after a
circumcision or what to do about a Jewish man caught with a married women in
a closed room.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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