Sholom Secunda’s If Not Higher is a musical dramatization of one of Isaac Leyb Peretz’s most famous short stories, “Oyb nit nokh hekher.” This story also forms. IF NOT HIGHER. And the Rebbe of Nemirov, every Friday morning early at Sliches-time, disappeared, melted into thin air! He was not to be. If Not Higher by I.L. Peretz. Taken from Jewish Short Stories from Eastern Europe and Beyond, a 10 CD set available from our store at.

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The Rebbe has been awake some time. Perets Bontsha the Silent pdf. First he does what beseems a Jew. The process of oral transmission of folklore, however, is complex. The time is long ago; The bittersweet past; alas, the dead past. If those values could be extracted to become encompassed instead by modern, nonreligious Jewish culture, their religious origin could still be acknowledged. Yet he was sharply critical of the dated, stilted neo-biblical Hebrew, melitza, born of earlier Haskala endeavors; see references in Volume As a member, your support helps our ongoing work rescuing, preserving, and translating Yiddish books, and presenting innovative programs that celebrate their content.

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You know the Lithuanian Jews—they rather despise books of devotion, but stuff themselves with the Talmud and the codes. And the Lithuanian, with amaze, sees the Rebbe take his hatchet and strike the tree.

But the heart of a Lithuanian is of cast-iron. Rather, they should be preserved by Jews in tandem with Polish and Russian—or, by extension, with the particular languages of other countries of which Jews were a part. In his optimism about the possibility of peaceful, even amicable coexistence of peoples and their individual cultures and languages in shared geographical boundaries and governments, Peretz was not so much an anti-Zionist as a non-Zionist.

Peretz’s Yiddish story “If Not Higher” and discusses how it has inspired and informed her identity as a Jew. Explore all interviews.

Through his own voracious reading, he went on to familiarize himself with rational dimensions of Judaic philosophy and to become conversant in the classics of Western civilization and the Western canon extending to Polish literature —often in their original languages, in which he was both tutored and self-taught.


Roberts, Morgan Assistant Engineer: Speaking Yiddish and Opening Doors 1 minute 34 seconds. Despite his undiluted distaste for some of the narrowness and abuses embedded in Hassidism, notwithstanding his undiminished commitment to modernity and culture over uncritical religion, he had come by then to recognize that traditional Judaism including its Hassidic paths had given birth to unimpeachable and perpetually relevant moral and ethical values.

He was not to be found anywhere, either in the synagogue or in the two houses-of-study, or worshipping in some Minyan, and most nof not at home. I.l.pererz Peretz, Zionism was but one of the various Jewish political movements to which a fortified Jewish culture in its own languages could be a preferable alternative and better serve the Jewish future.

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Has Peretz decided that knowledge produced by modern enquiry and traditional folk wisdom are not necessarily mutually exclusive? And higuer tears flow, Bathing the prayers ascending in the night In mercy and love.

The Rebbe, long life to him, enters it. He was something else. In Warsaw, where he lived periodically and then permanently after the loss of his law license, Peretz began to publish Hebrew poetry in a number of important literary periodicals and collections.

His first Yiddish book was a collection of his own stories published in At the same time, it echoes perceived Hassidic flavors, beginning with its opening passages. Behind the town stands a little wood. Skip to main content.

They have never been told any such thing, of course, by their rebbe, who keeps his whereabouts a mystery. Peretz “If Not Higher”. A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

Impending judgment hung suspended Mistlike in the air. It can include a phenomenon known to ethnologists as folklorization, whereby entirely original stories, poems, songs, and instrumental melodies, whose authorship can be identified, are spread nonetheless by oral transmission. It was followed by a performance in in Cleveland, with the Robert Shaw Chorale, and another hivher in Atlanta.


The Rebbe puts them on. Shrewd, stubborn, and sly.

Learning Higjer the Past: He sees the Rebbe strike blow after blow, he hears the tree creak and snap. Other video highlights from this oral history. It was not until that he published his first prose. A number of his stories and essays reflect that conviction. Join, renew, or give a gift membership today! Meanwhile, if there were those who needed for a while longer to retain their religious beliefs—even if the overall pace of social progress would thereby be slowed—it might be best to leave them alone for the time being.

If Not Higher

All this the litvak witnesses in amazement, and he is instantly persuaded: Especially after his period of imprisonment in iif for perceived socialist sympathies or for aiding socialist activity, although he was not an uncritically committed socialisthe i.l.petetz neo-Romantic i.l.peeretz and Hassidic stories that embraced original material as well as recast versions of traditional tales in new illuminations.

In one of the back streets he stops beside a poor, tumbledown little house, and taps at the window. The choral writing and the orchestration, however, are classical in style. Then he makes a bundle, binds it round with the cord, throws it on his shoulder, replaces the hatchet in his belt, leaves the wood, and goes back into the town. In that process, they become part of a folk culture in which knowledge of authorship has evaporated.

This excerpt is in English. When she still declines out of fear that she would never be able to repay even so small a lf, he reproaches her—as a Pole or Russian speaking to a Jew: And the fire of his joy Spread like a golden dawn Fusing soul to soul into one soul: