Tag Archives: Religious

Coming Together for Passover

“Getting together for Passover” used to be one of those second-nature ideas, an assumption for families and groups of friends every year about this time. This year, of course, the phrase has become bitterly ironic. With everyone more or less … Continue reading

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Tales of the Talmud Society

by Dr. Hyman J. Epstein Dr. Hyman (Chaim Yakov) Epstein (1881-1951) was an active participant in Jewish affairs in early 20th century New York, helping to organize the Bronx Jewish Hospital and the New York “kehillah” which for several years … Continue reading

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Rabbis of Keidan

By Shmuel Hadari and Josef Chrust The Jewish settlement in Keidan is ancient, and the town’s Jewish community is one of the oldest in Lithuania. The town held a respected place in the “Council of the Land of Lithuania,” in … Continue reading

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A Lament for Keidan

By Rabbi Y. M. Fishleder  (Mexico) “How deserted lies the city…” (Lamentations of Jeremiah 1:1) How did it happen that my city of birth, Keidan, was left lonely and abandoned, without its holy community? No one is left there to … Continue reading

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The Mir Yeshiva

By A. Simcha Hacohen Kaplan (Tzfat, Israel)[1] The yeshiva at Mir, Poland, one of the greatest yeshivas in the world prior to the Second World War, was forced into exile. This great Torah stronghold had existed for more than one … Continue reading

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A Jewish Woman in the Russian North

By Y. L. Ushpiz Written for the first anniversary of the death of Mrs. Sheyne Rachel Klibansky[1] Last year we learned the sad news of the passing of one of our most outstanding women, Mrs Sheyne Rachel Klibansky, of blessed … Continue reading

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The Russian Exile

By Bella Adler (Basel, Switz.) I was born and raised in Keidan. Our Jewish life was very well developed. We had Tarbut and progymnasium Hebrew schools. Most young people were Zionists. We had Hashomer Hatzair, Beitar and other organizations. We … Continue reading

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Rabbi Avraham Halevy Sochen

By Dr. Mordechai Sochen (Minneapolis) My father, Rabbi Avraham Halevy Sochen (may he rest in peace) came to Keidan at the end of the last [19th] century, and married my mother (may she rest in peace), Feyge, daughter of Reb … Continue reading

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Sages and Scholars

From “Yahadut Lita” Vol. 3, Tel Aviv, 1967.   Dat, Rabbi Zalman-Aharon bar Dov (1859-1916) Born in Keidan, he studied in Ragole (Ariogala) and Eishyshok (Eišiškės). He was the rabbi in Pushelat (Pušalotas) for 16 years and thereafter in Smilg (Smilgiai) … Continue reading

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Reb Zvi the Cooper

(Memories of M.L. Lilienblum’s father) By Dr. Aaron Leib Pick (Šiauliai) Published (in Hebrew) by the Keidaner Assn. of NY, 1930. The area around the Lithuanian city of Keidan has been famous for its beauty since earliest times. Nature has … Continue reading

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