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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos

Gittel, everyone in Vaysechvoos agreed, was a true beauty. Besides this she was bright, vivacious and as innocent as freshly fallen snow. Why, one glance from her deep, smiling brown eyes was enough to melt the heart of any yeshiva bocher. But that was not to be. One day Gittel disappeared. Her mother, Frumah-Ruchel, had […]

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos

For those who lived in the little shtetl of Vaysechvoos, no event of the year brought as much joyous anticipation as the first seder night. Each house was made spotless and bright. For the days leading up to the holiday, all chometz was removed and all the special Pesach dishes and utensils were brought out. […]

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In The Little Shtetl Of Vaysechvoos

All were astir; the Gaon of Vilna was coming to Vaysechvoos! He would be staying in their modest village for one night on his way to Minsk. Who could have imagined that such a prince among Jews would want to visit this muddy little place?” marveled Lazar the Milkman. “Such a wise and holy man […]

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In The Little Shtetl Of Vaysechvoos

When it came to a knowledge of gematria, no one in Vaysechvoos was as skilled as Mendel the Merchant. His father, Yossel, had taught him from early childhood how important it was to have an understanding of the numerical value of the alef bais. Reb Yossel explained to the boy, Mendel, my son, do you […]

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In The Little Shtetl Of Vaysechvoos

Settling a legal dispute in the shtetl of Vaysechvoos is no easy thing. After all, the czar had made sure that Jews were prohibited from the civil court system, and that was probably a good thing, since what kind of justice would a Jew find in the czar’s Russia? But disputes occurred, even in Vaysechvoos, […]

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos

The people of Vaysechvoos were too poor to own pets, but they had a problem and to solve that problem, they welcomed a few stray cats into the shtetl. You see, a multitude of mice had taken up residence there. But the appearance of the cats had hordes of mice trembling and turning on their […]

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

In Vaysechvoos, as for Jews everywhere, Pesach was a very special occasion. Each house was made spotless and bright. All chometz was removed and all the special Passover dishes and utensils were brought out. The families eagerly awaited the celebration with its lengthy and elaborate telling of the Exodus story. The youngest sons spent hours […]

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos
Author: Rich Robinson

Vaysechvoos is a fictitious village in 19th century czarist Russia. Stories from Vaysechvoos often appear in our 21st century publication Issues. This story is typical of the kinds of tales Jewish authors wrote once upon a time. This is not an endorsement of kabbalah, just of Jewish shtetl tales. So in the spirit of the […]

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos

It was evening in Vaysechvoos. Young Perchik stared and stared at the sky. The vastness of the black and white speckled blanket that stretched beyond his home was more than even his eleven-year-old imagination could comprehend. Mama, Mama, what are stars?” asked Perchik as he burst into the kitchen where his mother was cleaning the […]

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Wise Tailor

The pogroms in the province were occurring with more frequency, and a friendly gentile let the villagers know that Vaysechvoos was on the list for one of these destructive demonstrations.” “What did we do to deserve such a thing?” cried Zlata the butcher’s wife. Feivel the Tanner waved his arms heavenward and moaned, “It’s not […]

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Beryl the Milkman imagined he was the most unfortunate man in all of Vaysechvoos. Certainly,” he concluded, “I’m the loneliest.” And the townspeople agreed. Skinny as a beanpole, Beryl was shy and withdrawn. He was an orphan, and the only creatures with which he conversed were a few milk cows he inherited from his father. […]

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The ladies of Vaysechvoos, like women in the shtetlach throughout the Czar’s land, had little education. They were, of course, taught those things necessary to make a home for their families: clothes-making, cooking, cleaning and so on. They were taught to obey the precepts of the rabbis: the taking out of a small portion of […]

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Even though the shtetl of Vaysechvoos was little, it was not without a reputation. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the little shtetl had garnered quite the lack of a reputation. It wasn’t that people had never heard of Vaysechvoos. In fact, it was Vaysechvoos’ ordinariness for which it was most […]

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This can’t really be happening, can it? “I don’t understand!” “Is this a joke? How can this be, it’s crazy, I tell you!” The people of Vaysechvoos had seen some strange things before, but this, this could definitely be called the strangest happening yet, and right around the holiday, no less! What could it mean? […]

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Mama, look!! That man is wearing magic suspenders!” “Shah! You know it is forbidden to think such things! We’ll hear nothing of magic or sorcery, Leybush, or you’ll have to answer to your father.” “But Mama,” Leybush protested, “if it’s not mag…(the boy caught himself) if the suspenders are not that thing I’m forbidden to […]

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As far as most people in Vaysechvoos were concerned, Reuven Meyerov had every reason to be happy. To begin with, he was handsome, so handsome that the shidduch, for him was Golda the matchmaker’s dream. After all, what young woman in the village would have refused Reuven as her match? Not only was he a […]

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In the little shtetl of Vaysechvoos, a young man was hurrying home to prepare for Rosh Hashanah when he was accosted by two hooligans, beaten and robbed and left in the alley he had used for a shortcut. He was angry with the forces that ordained that life should be what it is, so he […]

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It was spring in Vaysechvoos, but you wouldn’t know it from the bleak expressions on the faces of the townspeople. Rumor had it that a pogrom had taken place at a shtetl not too far away and that the Cossacks might be heading in the direction of Vaysechvoos. What would the czar’s men want with […]

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Nobody in Vaysechvoos could remember why they thought Chaya was crazy; they just did. Perhaps it was because she rarely left her house—the only time anyone ever saw her was at shul or on an occasional walk alone—or because she hardly ever said a word to anybody, or because nobody really knew anything about her […]

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The citizens of Vaysechvoos were not known for their artistic achievements. But then, among our Jewish people, the precept against the making of images didn’t exactly encourage masterpiece painters. Besides, there was not really anything to see around the shtetl that would inspire the aesthetic sense, unless you thought mud and dust to be beautiful! […]

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The rumors raced around Vaysechvoos like field mice. Could it be? A doctor was making a visit to the little shtetl! Nobody paid more attention to this rumor than Shosha, the wife of Mendel the Tanner. For weeks, their son Avram had lain in bed, suffering from what they at first thought was just a […]

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Interested to know something about the beginnings of the little shtetl of Vaysechvoos? It all began with a new czar who decided that Jews could no longer be allowed to live in cities. These foreigners corrupt our citizens, disrespect our religion and cause disorder! Let them go into the wilderness and set up their own […]

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Motke was not a very good Jew. It was not that he followed any other religion. No, Motke was altogether irreligious. His kishkes may have been Jewish, but somehow the rest of him never quite caught on. As soon as he was old enough to care for himself, he wandered away from Vaysechvoos and continued […]

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All were astir; the Gaon of Vilna was coming to Vaysechvoos! He would be staying in their modest village for one night on his way to Minsk. Who could have imagined that such a prince among Jews would want to visit this muddy little place?” marveled Lazar the Milkman. “Such a wise and holy man […]

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Vaysechvoos didn’t have a tavern and it is doubtful that people would have frequented one if it did. Instead, when the days grew short and they had eaten their evening meal, the men of the village would amble over to the old synagogue and occupy one of several large rooms situated near the main prayer […]

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Shaoul the Baghdadi arrived in Vaysechvoos on erev Shabbos and everyone took note. Perhaps it was his clothing–the white robe with the corded waistband and black overcoat that fell at his ankles. Or it could have been the high fez cap on his head. Then again his dark and deep set eyes were not like […]

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