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By Stella Suberman

For a true discount, when you are getting cash, you need to make additionally a life.--Aaron Bronson. In 1920, in small city the United States, the ever present dry items store--suits and coats, sneakers and hats, paintings outfits and college outfits, backyard items and notions--was often owned through Jews and sometimes often called "the Jew store." that is how Stella Suberman's father's shop, Bronson's cost-effective shop, in Concordia, Tennessee, used to be recognized in the community. The Bronsons have been the 1st Jews to ever dwell in that tiny city (1920 inhabitants: 5,318) of 1 major road, one financial institution, one drugstore, one photo exhibit, one feed and seed, one undefined, one barber store, one good looks parlor, one blacksmith, and lots of Christian church buildings. Aaron Bronson moved his kin all of the manner from manhattan urban to that distant nook of northwest Tennessee to turn out himself a born salesman--and even more. informed via Aaron's youngest baby, THE JEW shop is that infrequent thing--an intimate kin tale that sheds new gentle on a bit of yank historical past. here's ONE MAN'S relations with a twist--a Jew, born into poverty in prerevolutionary Russia and orphaned from beginning, unearths his technique to the USA, reveals a alternate, unearths a spouse, and units out to discover his fortune in a spot the place Jews are unwelcome. With a novelist's feel of scene, suspense, and principally, characterization, Stella Suberman turns the clock again to a time whilst rural the US was once extra peaceable yet no much less prejudiced, while proficient liberals have been suspect, and while the Klan used to be threatening to outsiders. In that atmosphere, she brings to lifestyles her striking father, a guy whose personal model of good fortune proves that intelligence, empathy, liberality, and decency can construct a house anyplace. THE JEW shop is a heartwarming--even inspiring--story.

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My father at once felt at ease with this man and poured out the tale of his New York woes. ” With Bronstein he spoke a little English here, a little Yiddish there, so that it emerged as a kind of Yidlish. Bronstein remembered his own bad times in the big city, the chutzpah he found there, the hordes of uncaring strangers. ” Among his grievances was that at Ellis Island they had put the name Krapchnik on him, a name he got rid of as soon as he came to Savannah. He made it Bronstein, because that was the name of the man who had given him a hand to go to the South.

There they sat in the women’s balcony and joined in the prayers with the other women. Few of them could read Hebrew, since the cheder, the school where Hebrew was traditionally learned, was the exclusive preserve of boys. The women therefore prayed by rote, though this was not discernible as heads stayed bent over prayer books and pages were turned. Praying did not mean they knew their religion. This was not only because the cheder was closed to them but also because their fathers were not eager to teach them.

What were they, scientists? they asked, though they agreed also that scientists didn’t know what to make of it either. But when Uncle Meyer talked about an intervening power, said things like, “I’m leaving that up to God,” my father was quick with the rebuttal. ” he would say. ” Once in trying to explain his views on God to me—a rare occasion—he said, “God is like when those in Russia said America’s streets were paved with gold. Did they see? Did they know? Of course not. ” It was also in Savannah that he learned about other Southern customs, so there were few surprises when he came upon them later in Concordia.

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