JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: Essen Taigs #general


Essen taig, in fact, has an entirely different dimension to it. Back then,
it was customary for parents to send their children to study Torah in
renowned yeshivas very far >from home. Due to the poverty, these yeshivas
couldn't provide food for their pupils. Therefore, a system called essen
taig (literal translation: Eating days) was devised. Every boy would receive
an address of a local family with whom he would eat supper one night of the
week. Each day, he would go to a different family in that shtetl, who would
share of their meager food with the boy. No specific material was taught
then, aside of, perhaps, the boy repeating the lessons learnt that day in
yeshiva, as a token of appreciation for the food he received.

Rifky Gelbman
Brooklyn, New York

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