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By Beth-Zion Abrahams

A desirable memoir of 1 of Judaism’s earliest woman writers, translated from the unique Yiddish

Glückel of Hameln used to be a wonder of her time: an entire businesswoman in addition to the mummy of twelve. Devastated through the loss of life of her liked husband in 1689, she proceeded to write down the riveting memoir that might develop into a undying vintage, revealing a lot approximately Jewish lifestyles in seventeenth-century Germany.

This quantity additionally good points an advent by way of translator Beth-Zion Abrahams that gives a fuller heritage of the author's existence and tells how Glückel got here to write down the memoir that might supply perception for hundreds of years to come back into Jewish, eu, and women’s history.

Glückel (1646–1724) was once born to a admired family members in Hamburg, Germany. on the age of fourteen, she used to be married to a prosperous gemstones broker in an prepared marriage and have become his company and monetary adviser whereas bearing and elevating their twelve teenagers. She persisted to regulate his organizations even after his demise in 1689, till her moment husband, a winning banker, misplaced all their funds, and her lifestyles led to close to poverty.

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Approximately 1700. A. Rubens assortment, London 33. A Jew on his approach to the Synagogue, donning the Jewish badge. Engraving by means of Chr. Weigel, approximately 1700. A. Rubens assortment, London 34. Prince Maurice of Nassau as a adolescence. modern Print, by way of Cornelius van Dalen 35. Sabbatai Zewi (1626--76) on the age of forty. modern engraving 36. Sabbatai enthroned. From a Prayer publication published by means of CastroTartas, Amsterdam, 1666 37. Samuel Oppenheimer (1635-1703), courtroom Jew and Banker lower than Emperor Leopold I of Austria. Engraving through C. E. Engdbrecht and that i. A. Pfeffd, Vienna 38. Silver Chanukah Lamp. past due seventeenth century, German. by way of type permission of the Jewish Museum, London 39. Betrothal earrings. stable Gold, German. 16th-17th century. by way of courtesy of the Jewish Museum, London thankful acknowledgement is made to Mr. Alfred Rubens, London, and to all museums who've given permission for the copy of originals of their collections. different reproductions are in line with fabric owned through the editor and by means of the publishers. ebook 1 I N the yr of construction 545 I 1 I commence penning this with an aching middle, as will persist with later. may perhaps the Lord make us have a good time as frequently as He has troubled us and ship our Messiah and Redeemer quickly. Amen. All that the Lord has created, He created for His gi()ry. the area used to be based on loving-kindness. we all know that the Almighty, blessed be He and blessed be His identify, in His goodness and mercy created all issues. he's not wanting any of His creations which He in His grace has made in varied types for using us sinful mortals. each created factor is of a few use, greater than we detect or think. King David, on whom be peace, requested, of what use are the idiot, the wasp, and the spider on the earth? yet he figured out in strong time. First God after which those 3 stored his life-as is written within the booklet of Kings. someone who needs to understand can learn it in Holy Writ. it really is identified that many pious humans stay unhappy and lonely lives, pain trouble and distress during this passing )Vorld whereas, by contrast, rogues take pleasure in a lot honour and nice comforts. They and theirs have riches whereas, however, it fares badly with the righteous and their childrens. We think of: How is it that Almighty God, who's simply, allows this? yet this additionally, i feel, is vainness, for it's very unlikely to penetrate God's activities and discover their which means. Moses our instructor, on whom be peace, desired to discover and requested: Make me understand Thy methods. yet as even he couldn't reach this, we'd like now not problem ourselves approximately them. at least, this international, that is as naught, has been created completely as a result world-to-be. God in his manifold kindness has made the passings of this international to permit us to do sturdy and serve Him good. additionally, there's a restrict of seventy years during this toilsome global, of practise for the subsequent; millions of individuals don't succeed in even this age. however the world-to-come exists for ever. Oh how abtmtlant is Thy g()odness, which Thou hast laid up for them thatfiar Thee. 1 chuffed is the one that has his gift within the eternal world-to-come.

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