Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Re: Black apron as a sign of mourning #galicia


In a message dated 1/22/05 10:49:09 AM, Susana Leistser Bloch (

<< I am hoping that someone can explain the use of a black apron used by
Jewish woman during Shiva or Shloshim.

My mother once told me that when someone died in the family the women who
was directly related to the deceased(daughters, sisters)wore a black
apron as a sign of mourning. This happened in Suchostaw (Eastern Galicia).
Was this a custom throughout Eastern Europe or a local custom?>>

I know that at least one person replied, saying she thought that it was a
universal custom. But I myself forgot to write in to mention an episode in Der
Nister's novel, "Der Family Mashber," during which a brother of Moses Mashber
was about to be married to one of the family's servants. Although Mashber
family had been in mourning over the death of one of its daughters, they were
in haste, for reasons I won't explain, to see that the marriage take place
before the month-long period of mourning had ended. Moses' wife Gitl and the
remaining daughter took off the black aprons they had worn as part of the attire
they had donned to mourn the recent death of the other of the family's two
daughters. The two women were to resume wearing the aprons after the wedding
ceremonoy and its festive dancing. (The saga of Mashber family takes place in
the Ukranian town of Berdichev.)

Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)
Bloomington, Indiana
BELKOWSKY,BIELKOWSKY, BILKOWSKI, Odessa,St. Petersburg,Berdichev,
Kiev;ROTHSTEIN, Kremenchug;FRASCH,Kiev;LIBERMAN,Moscow;FELDMAN, Pinsk;
SCHUTZ, RETTIG, WAHL, Shcherets;LEVY, WEIL, Mulhouse; SAS/SASS,Podwolochisk;
RAPOPORT, Tarnopol, Podwolochisk, Radomysl?; BEHAM, Salok, Kharkov;

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