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The Lost World of Russia's Jews


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A Note on Transliteration
1. Sh. An-sky and the Jewish Ethnographic Expedition: The Participants in the Expedition
2. Synagogues and Prayerhouses
3. Headstones, Graves, and Tombs
4. Communal Pinkesim
5. Tales About Nigunim [Melodies] and Prayers
6. Exorcisms, Charms, and Remedies
7. Scribes and Scribal Writing

About the Author

Abraham Rechtman was a folklorist, writer, and printer. A member of the S. An-Sky's Jewish Ethnographic Expedition, he was born in Proskurov, Ukraine in 1890. In 1958, he published Yidishe etnografye un folklor; zikhroynes vegn der etnografisher ekspeditsye, ongefirt fun Sh. An-ski in Argentina. He died in 1972.

Nathaniel Deutsch is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he holds the Baumgarten Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies. He is the author of The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement and the co-author (with Michael Casper) of A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg.

Noah Barrera, known by his students as Reb Noyekh, is a Yiddish educator and writer. He studied and subsequently taught Yiddish at the YIVO Institute's Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in New York. He coordinated and taught Yiddish language classes at the Workers Circle. He has published numerous Yiddish articles in the Yiddish Daily Forward and Afn Shvel. Visit him here: www.yiddishwithnoyekh.com.

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