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Please Say Kaddish For Me

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~~~~~~~~~Jewish persecution under Russian Czar!~~~~~~~~~ 1899 Russia under the cruel Czarist rule is not a good place to be a Jew!

Russia under the diabolical Czarist rule is a very bad place and a very bad time to be a Jew. Fair game to marauding peasants and government militia alike, the random slaughter of entire Jewish families is commonplace rather than a rare

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Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published May 6th 2015 by W & B Publisher (first published January 1st 2015)
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Jeanie Loiacono
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To read Please Say Kaddish For Me is a journey into enlightenment. I had no knowledge of the Jewish Pogroms until I read this book. Nothing is ever taught of this in school. Like the Holocaust, such atrocities are swept under the rug and regarded as something that ‘happened to the Jews.’ No, it is still happening to yet another race, gender, religion. Thank you, Rochelle, for re-minding me of what will never end, but what we can do something about, starting in our own thoughts, words and ...more
Lisa Regan
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written

This is a fast-paced read, a disturbing glimpse into the lives of Jewish families in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Very sad and horrific the violence and tragedies these characters endure. At its heart though, this book is a moving, poignant love story that reminds us of our own precious humanity, no matter what our race, religion or ethnicity. I can't wait for the sequel. I need to know what happens to these extremely well-known characters.
Sarah Potter
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novel, set in the Czarist Russia of 1899, was a real eye-opener for me. Before I read it, I knew very little about the appalling treatment of Jews in the Country at that time. Labelled as "Christ Killers", whole families were brutally murdered or lived in constant terror of thugs storming into theirs homes or workplaces to treat them to violence or finish them off.

Against this backcloth, the author paints a most vivid and detailed picture of daily Jewish life and the importance of family,
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Dale Rogerson
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could have uploaded the picture of the book! Oh well.
It has been a while since a book capture my attention so deeply. I couldn't put it down and forfeit cleaning house for reading!

My Yiddish is so-so (thankfully my father was a "goy mit a yiddishe kopf", so I knew quite a few of them though I cannot guarantee my pronunciation ~ in my head ~ was right!) but in most cases, the English translation was given.

Horrid time for Jews in Russia under the Tsarist (Czarist) regime. The horrors this
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Diane Yates
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the first sentence, Wisoff-Field’s writing transported me to Russia just before the turn of the twentieth century. I became the young Jewish girl, Havah, struggling to survive amid extreme prejudice, hatred and conflict. I felt Havah’s grief, anguish, strength, determination and grit. I feasted on the words of the Torah, as well as the Holy prayers and wondered who would be the lucky man to stand beside her as her husband. Would that decision be hers to make or would the elders make it for ...more
Jeanie Loiacono
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To read Please Say Kaddish For Me is a journey into enlightenment. I had no knowledge of the Jewish Pogroms until I read this book. Nothing is ever taught of this in school. Like the Holocaust, such atrocities are swept under the rug and regarded as something that 18happened to the Jews. 19 No, it is still happening to yet another race, gender, religion. Thank you, Rochelle, for re-minding me of what will never end, but what we can do something about, starting in our own thoughts, words and ...more
Jo Sandgren
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
heartbreaking and uplifting all in one! Thanks Sissy for this signed book from your friend's cousin!
Ronda Boccio
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Riveting. Beautifully written.
Mr K
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the first eBook I have read in a few years. And it was novel to be able to dip in and out of this book on my phone wherever I was, whenever I had a spare five minutes. The ability to dip in an out of this book is poignant as the story dips in and out of the characters' lives. And what a cast of characters. No... what an extended family. This theme of family extends from this book in a way that is both heartwarming and heart-aching. Right from the first chapter, where the heroine, Havah, ...more
Laurie Bell
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant

A powerful, raw, emotional book. In a nut shell this book is a must read.

Family is love and love makes family. This is a book that centers on family. Havah, the main character, suffers so much in her life, but amongst the tragedy and pain she somehow manages to find moments of happiness.

The world is a nightmare, the religion strict, the life hard. And yet there are glimmers of hope in hair not cut, in learning to read, in playing a piano. In Havah’s bravery against impossible odds.

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Trent McDonald
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
his is the story of Havah, you young Jewish woman growing up in early 20th century Russia. If you've The Fiddler on the Roof, you might have some idea of the setting. There are some similarities to that musical. They both have themes of love that goes beyond the bounds of tradition, and they both have pogroms and expulsion as defining moments. In Ms. Wisoff-Fields' book, though, the antisemitism is even darker and bloodier. The book is full of interesting characters, not all of them good people. ...more
HalKid2
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Somewhat interesting not very well written. I consider the three stars awarded on Goodreads is a bit of a gift.

After beginning my own genealogy work, I started looking for an historical novel that would give me a richer sense of what it was like to live through the “pogroms”, the brutal persecution which motivated the exodus of literally MILLIONS of Jews from Eastern Europe between 1880 - 1910. Many of them, including my grandparents and the author’s, wound up in the United States. My Google
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