ONLINELife Stories From the Pen of a 17th-Century Jewish Working Mother

May 5, 2020 $18.00
Glikl bas Judah Leib as painted by Leopold Pilichowski
Glikl bas Judah Leib as painted by Leopold Pilichowski

Mother of 14 (12 of whom lived to adulthood), savvy businesswoman, storyteller and bereaved widow: In 1691, Glikl bas Judah Leib put paper to pen to pour out her grieving heart and to set down for her children “what kind of people you come from.”

Her early Yiddish memoirs, among the first full-length autobiographical works by a Jew, have recently been rendered into an engaging, clear, accurate new translation based on a pathbreaking modern Hebrew edition.

We’ll meet in three sessions, giving participants a chance to read at a relaxed pace, to hear from this astounding woman about the household and business she managed, the wealthy Jews she encountered, her sometimes hair-raising travels and modes of understanding the Jewish tradition that formed the very fabric of her life.

This program is a partnership between the Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, Hadassah Brandeis Institute, The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis University and Brandeis University Press. Special thanks to the Yiddish Book Center for promoting this program.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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