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Happy New Year! and Other Stories

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One of the most beloved and prolific writers of Yiddish literature, Sholom Aleichem (1859–1916) produced a wealth of wonderful stories that combine traditional Jewish oral humor with Western literary tradition. For years a living legend, he wrote enduring gems of fiction, eleven of which are included in this entertaining collection.
The master storyteller brilliantly recapt
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Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 18th 2000 by Dover Publications (first published October 3rd 2000)
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Matt
Aug 13, 2007 Matt rated it liked it
Sholom Aleichem is one of my favorite satirists of all time. It still pleases me to think of the story about his arrival in the USA, where he was introduced to Mark Twain, who greeted him by saying "How do you do, I'm told that I am the American Sholom Aleichem." The similarities between the two are striking.

Anything written by Sholom Aleichem is marvelous, and I hope to read everything one can without being fluent in Yiddish, but this was by far the most disappointing collection I've read. The
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Nov 29, 2010 David rated it really liked it
Wonderful stories from the Yiddish. Stoies with Jewish humor, particular view of life and living. But I must admit that I love the writing of Shalom Aleichem. Be sure to read "Geese" and On America.
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Jun 03, 2014 Tasia rated it liked it
I'm convinced that, had I a better understanding of Jewish humor and custom, this would have been funnier. Regardless, they're very clever, entertaining short stories!
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Jewish writer, Sholem Rabinovich (1859-1916), who wrote under the pen name of Sholem Aleichem (שלום עליכם, Hebrew for "peace be upon you").

From 1883 on, Sholem Aleichem produced over forty volumes in Yiddish, thereby becoming a central figure in Yiddish literature by 1890.

Sholem Aleichem's narratives were notable for the naturalness of his characters' speech and the accuracy of his descriptions o
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