Ghetto Comedies

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Ghetto Comedies by Israel Zangwill

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The model of sorrows -- Anglicization -- The Jewish trinity -- The Sabbath question in Sudminster -- The red mark -- The bearer of burdens -- The luftmensch -- The tug of love -- The Yiddish 'Hamlet' -- The converts -- Holy wedlock -- Elijah's goblet -- The hirelings -- Samooborona.

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pon my beard and ear-locks, and you will understand that you will receive fair treatment from me. I want to earn a Mitzvah (good deed) and a little money thereby.'

Then he cautioned me not to leave the station and go out into the street, because in the street were to be found Jews without beards, who would inform on me and give me up to the police. 'The world does not contain a sea of Kazelias,' said he. (Would that it did not contain even that one!)

Then he continued: 'Shake out your money on the table, and we will see how much you have, and I will change it for you.'

'Oh,' said I, 'I want first to find out the rate of exchange.'

When Kazelia heard this, he gave a great spring and shrieked 'Hoi, hoi! On account of Jews like you, the Messhiach (Messiah) can't come, and the Redemption of Israel is delayed. If you go out into the street, you will find a Jew without a beard, who will charge you more, and even take all your money away. I swear to you, as I sh

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