Bread Givers has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Male LiberationA gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto. Free Anzia Yezierska Bread Givers papers, essays, and research papers. The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the s on the Lower East Side of.

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As I read this book, I felt so much emotions. In some contexts, “a person” seems to mean simple humanity, as in Reb Smolinksy’s quote above. That was sketchier with more jumps and I didn’t appreciate as much. I felt like I was beside her in her dingy basement room covered in filth and lit by candle.

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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Reb Smolinsky is concerned about whether he can live with Sara stating, promise to keep sacred all that is sacred to him. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. If he loses the one and only thing that he thought he could grasp, then what would his life amount to? Later she worked in sweatshops and laundries. This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father’s rigid conception of Jewish womanhood.

I am not sure I can even summon up a shred of respect for religious beliefs that make women less than people.


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I was rooting for the sisters the entire time while hating Reb’s guts so much. Aug 12, Ann Olszewski rated it really liked it. Despite my utter secularism, I must say that the value placed on textual study and reasoned, informed argument is something I find pretty inspirational about the tradition of Judaism. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The second half of the book is after Sarah leaves home. Her dilemma to choose college over marriage. The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period photographs.

Reb Smolinsky later reveals to Sara that he is unhappy. When she returns to visit with her family after her initial educational endeavor, her reception was as expected. Tension between the Old World and the New, between generations–family vs.

Consequently, we peoples in the world tend to be incorrigible. This is a wonderful book that all American women should read.

This is really the ultimate “girl power” book, and considering that it was written in the s, ahead of its time. In the beginning of the book, Sara tried not to rebel her father at all, and be a good daughter.

Th A fascinating look into the experience of a first-generation American immigrant, torn between the familial pull of the Old World and the opportunities available hread a vibrant New York.

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Rejected, she decides to focus on her studies. Is this feature helpful? August 1, Sold by: The past is ever present, no matter how hard we try to leave it behind. She wrote her autobiography in and died forgotten in Give it to a teenage girl who anzla low self-image or loves to read.


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During the s in news publications many ads were published encouraging Jewish immigrants with ties to their native home to donate and help Jewish workers in Europe receive a stable income. When little Sara goes in search of herring to re-sell cheaply, she insists on paying for them: Then a cultural war emerge between the conservative, eastern-way of thinking father with a daughter that dreams of going to college at a time where colleges were thought to be only for men and women shouldn A story of culture and poverty struggle of an extremly poor, highly religious immigrant family merging into the new culture of the new world: Quotes from Bread Givers.

No wonder there is no world peace. In anger, the rent collector slams the Torah shut, causing the book to fall at her feet. This is, of course, also true of many immigrant tales with male protagonists Chaim Potok’s The Chosen leaps to mindbut I wonder if it’s a more common theme in those centering around women. Another thought-provoking element of The Bread Givers was its depiction of Rabbi Smolinsky’s self-justification for living off the labors of his wife and daughters.