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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife$
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Michael C. Steinlauf and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.001.0001

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Excerpts From Yidishe Neshomes

Excerpts From Yidishe Neshomes

(p.373) Excerpts From Yidishe Neshomes
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16

A. Litvin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents some excerpts from A. Litvin's Yidishe neshomes (Jewish Souls). The first deals with the Jew and the ‘look-box’. There is a very large portion of the Jewish masses for whom the entire world of aesthetics, beauty, and art is unknown. The Jewish folk artist comes to their help. Still today, as in the past, the aesthetic needs of the very poorest are met by the Jew with the ‘look-box’. The look-box is simultaneously a theatre and a museum; it also teaches history, geography, and other important things. Meanwhile, the second excerpt concerns the blind Jewish musicians, who are nearly all former artisans.

Keywords:   A. Litvin, Jewish Souls, Yidishe neshomes, Jewish masses, Jewish folk artists, aesthetics, look-box, Jews, blind Jewish musicians

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