German Jewish Lit Study Guide Essay example

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You do the first three I will do the last 4 Glückl von Hameln: Memoirs What is the thesis of this work?
This was her recording her own life and she did not write it with any purpose to convey a message, but an important message that does come through is that life as a Jew in the 18th century was difficult and living in diaspora was not ideal, but it allowed community to flourish and the idea of an independent woman in business to come to life. This piece was a lot about family life and a lot about how she got into business as a woman and that was pretty much it. What are 3 quotes that illustrate this? In class we didn’t go over any quotes from this piece because it doesn’t have any message or anything it is trying to convey it is just memoirs that give us a look at past life for a Jew. I’ll put some good quotes though.
“My Father had me betrothed when i was a girl of barely twelve, and less than two years later I married.”
This is important because it shows that marriage was a contractual arrangement set up by the parents that involved mainly business and getting more money somehow. Love was not taken into account in these situations. This gives us insight into the treatment of females and that they were viewed almost as property and something that can be given away and is used for personal gain as well. “My brother­in­law, Reb Abraham of blessed memory, was a great Talmud scholar and a wise man of mark; he spoke little, but when he said anything, the breath of his mouth was wisdom itself, and everyone stood agape to hear him.”
This shows how much religion is valued to them. In paragraphs about very rich and successful siblings that have been very fortuitous in ventures, but aren’t as pious, they aren’t looked upon with as much pride and wonderment. This average guy was very religious and so everyone looked up to him and valued everything that he said. Religion was a large part of their everyday life and meant a lot to them. “My blessed husband worked manfully at his business, and although I was still young, i too did my share. Not that i mean to boast, but my husband took advice from no one else, and did nothing without our talking it over together.”
This is what the second part of the reading was about. Gluckel was very independent compared to women of her era and wasn’t only involved in her husband’s business, but

ends up starting her own. This reflects the fact that the jews lived in hardships and that they had to break the social norms to be able to survive and live a decent life.

What was said in class about this piece of literature?
What we really focused on and had a quiz question about was what does this piece show us about Jews living in the pre­haskalah (enlightenment) era?
A. Women were meant to watch the house and have kids and that marriage was a contractual arrangement
B. The communities were very connected and these were necessary because they had to support each other mentally and financially. They had to continually move around so community was important to them.
C. God was constantly on everyone’s mind and being pious was valued more than monetary success. God was a part of everyday life. Key vocabulary words or concepts from this work Mendelsohn What is the thesis of this work?

What are 3 quotes that illustrate this? Quote 1:
Quote 2:
Quote 3:

What was said in class about this piece of literature?

Key vocabulary words or concepts from this work


What is the thesis of this work?
Jews aren’t going to exist for much longer. For studying this I would advise reading my notes as we covered this a decent amount in class. What are 3 quotes that illustrate this? Part 1: The Jews of Bahara “The great oppression of the jews began with the crusades, and raged most furiously about the middle of the fourteenth century, at the end of the great pestilence, which was, like all