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This is a tribute to the inspirational Jewish life that was. Invitation - Tale of Two ShtetlsUnique ExperienceYou, our dear reader, are cordially invited to join us on a virtual trip to two 18th century, Eastern European Shtetls, throughout the duration of your reading this historical fiction novel. As a veteran reader, exercising your vivid imagination and your extraordin This is a tribute to the inspirational Jewish life that was. Invitation - Tale of Two ShtetlsUnique ExperienceYou, our dear reader, are cordially invited to join us on a virtual trip to two 18th century, Eastern European Shtetls, throughout the duration of your reading this historical fiction novel. As a veteran reader, exercising your vivid imagination and your extraordinary ability to read, feel, live and experience the components of your books, you are in an excellent position to look back in time at the dynamic, spiritual and touching world of Eastern European Jewry. For an experience of a lifetime, blend into the events, sites, and happenings and get to know these special people: attend a Rebbe's Tish (and get some of the Challah bread for good luck), take part in a wedding for some fun, dancing, Kleyzmer music and great food, helping out making arrangements for the community participation in the County Fair (Security will be provided by Count Zoretsky, the landlord of the Shtetls); interact with the people: the distinguished Rebbe of the Rossov Hasidic Dynasty, his brother, Rabbi of the Hasidic Gtept Shtetl, their brother, the jovial wine-maker, the Gvir who funds ost of the community's and the Dynasty's expenses, his daughter, the angel, who every day distributes food to the needy and the home bound and helps assist the infirm, her volatile brother, and the doctor. Meet the amazing 12-year-old boy genius and view the Shtetl experience primarily through his eyes. Brilliant, with total recall, a heavenly voice, an uplifting spirituality, and a warm and loving heart. He has a magnetic magic that draws everyone to him and fosters unity in the community. Attend his court case presiding as the Chief Justice of the Jewish Court (the whole town will probably turn out). Blessed will all that wisdom, but he is beset by insurmountable hardships and challenges, and copes with grief, loss, sorrow, tragedy, conflicts, but also finds joy, love and happiness. He already more or less runs the Gtept Hasidic community and is slated to be the heir of the Rossover Rebbe. Stand by him. Laugh with him. Cry with him. Follow his achievements and circuitous path to leadership. I should warn you: You are in the Ukraine, a dangerous neighborhood, especially for Jews. A lot of enemies.. Jew haters. violent Cossacks, and other forces combine to work against Shtetls and Jews, requiring vigilance and preparedness for self-defense. This is an unforgettable, unique opportunity to live the life of the Shtetl, if only for a brief window of time, as sadly, the days of the Shtetl are over. Enjoy and good read and a glimmering of what it must have been like to be there...


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This is a tribute to the inspirational Jewish life that was. Invitation - Tale of Two ShtetlsUnique ExperienceYou, our dear reader, are cordially invited to join us on a virtual trip to two 18th century, Eastern European Shtetls, throughout the duration of your reading this historical fiction novel. As a veteran reader, exercising your vivid imagination and your extraordin This is a tribute to the inspirational Jewish life that was. Invitation - Tale of Two ShtetlsUnique ExperienceYou, our dear reader, are cordially invited to join us on a virtual trip to two 18th century, Eastern European Shtetls, throughout the duration of your reading this historical fiction novel. As a veteran reader, exercising your vivid imagination and your extraordinary ability to read, feel, live and experience the components of your books, you are in an excellent position to look back in time at the dynamic, spiritual and touching world of Eastern European Jewry. For an experience of a lifetime, blend into the events, sites, and happenings and get to know these special people: attend a Rebbe's Tish (and get some of the Challah bread for good luck), take part in a wedding for some fun, dancing, Kleyzmer music and great food, helping out making arrangements for the community participation in the County Fair (Security will be provided by Count Zoretsky, the landlord of the Shtetls); interact with the people: the distinguished Rebbe of the Rossov Hasidic Dynasty, his brother, Rabbi of the Hasidic Gtept Shtetl, their brother, the jovial wine-maker, the Gvir who funds ost of the community's and the Dynasty's expenses, his daughter, the angel, who every day distributes food to the needy and the home bound and helps assist the infirm, her volatile brother, and the doctor. Meet the amazing 12-year-old boy genius and view the Shtetl experience primarily through his eyes. Brilliant, with total recall, a heavenly voice, an uplifting spirituality, and a warm and loving heart. He has a magnetic magic that draws everyone to him and fosters unity in the community. Attend his court case presiding as the Chief Justice of the Jewish Court (the whole town will probably turn out). Blessed will all that wisdom, but he is beset by insurmountable hardships and challenges, and copes with grief, loss, sorrow, tragedy, conflicts, but also finds joy, love and happiness. He already more or less runs the Gtept Hasidic community and is slated to be the heir of the Rossover Rebbe. Stand by him. Laugh with him. Cry with him. Follow his achievements and circuitous path to leadership. I should warn you: You are in the Ukraine, a dangerous neighborhood, especially for Jews. A lot of enemies.. Jew haters. violent Cossacks, and other forces combine to work against Shtetls and Jews, requiring vigilance and preparedness for self-defense. This is an unforgettable, unique opportunity to live the life of the Shtetl, if only for a brief window of time, as sadly, the days of the Shtetl are over. Enjoy and good read and a glimmering of what it must have been like to be there...

6 review for A Tale of Two Shtetls: Jewish Historical Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Slowinski

    Meir is a child protege, growing up in a Ukrainian shtetl who will one day succeed his uncle as the Rebbe. A great scholar from a young age, he is also gifted with empathy and a natural leadership. As evidence when he convinces his ailing father to take in an elegantly dressed woman running from her past, seeking refuge from the Russian Royal Court. Meir faces challenges as he prepares for his future role, including jealousy from his cousin, Gershon, who is also a nephew to the great Rebbe. This Meir is a child protege, growing up in a Ukrainian shtetl who will one day succeed his uncle as the Rebbe. A great scholar from a young age, he is also gifted with empathy and a natural leadership. As evidence when he convinces his ailing father to take in an elegantly dressed woman running from her past, seeking refuge from the Russian Royal Court. Meir faces challenges as he prepares for his future role, including jealousy from his cousin, Gershon, who is also a nephew to the great Rebbe. This work of historical fiction paints an interesting picture of shtetl life and the culture of the Hasidic movement. Meir is faced with a future that has already been decided for him and involves a difficult path with great expectations. I found myself rooting for Meir's cousin, Gershon, to see past his jealousy and find his own path. The love story between Meir and Rivka is really lovely. A Tale of Two Shtetls gives a vivid and realistic picture of life of Jews living in Ukraine and Russia in the 18th Century. One gets an appreciation for the dangers of living in a highly antisemitic environment with frequent pogroms. The story is quickly paced and nicely written. The paperback edition has a few editing issues where paragraphs are repeated in a few places, which detracted from the story a little. But overall, this was an enjoyable read. [updated] Since the original publication of my review, the author has corrected the editing issues noted. As a result, I have updated my rating.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elissa Allerhand

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hans

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lois Jolson

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

  6. 4 out of 5

    ellys

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