Diario Judío México - Visiting With King Ahasuerus by Sholem Aleichem
Yiddish title: Baym Kenig Akhashveres
A rich man’s son sneaks out of his home to celebrate Purim with a band of poor Purim-shpielers (performers). Class hatreds boil to the surface when his snobbish father and his hated tutor burst in to ruin his fun.
Sholem Aleichem, Old Country Tales, p.51-64; and Shevrin, A Treasury of Shalom Aleichem Children’s Stories, p.19-35. Yiddish source: Mayses farYiddishe Kinder: TsveyterBukh, Ar42 Band 1,Vov: 53-71.
The Purim Feast by Sholem Aleichem
Yiddish title: Tsu Der Sude
The festive spirit of the holiday is lost at a Purim banquet held at the home of a rich relation everyone fears.
Sholem Aleichem, Tevye’s Daughters, p.239-246. Yiddish source: Lekoved Yontif Tsveyter Bukh, AV’42 Band 1, Daled: 91-102.
Purim Sweet Platters by Sholem Aleichem
Yiddish title: Shalakhmones; A Bild
A brief, but touching description of the custom of sending shalakhmones.
Sholem Aleichem, Old Country Tales, p.269-271. Yiddish source: Lekoved Yontif Tsveyter Bukh, AV’42 Band 1, Daled: 195-98.
Two Dead Men by Sholem Aleichem
Yiddish title: Tsvey Toyte
On Purim, it is “fitting and proper for a Jew to act the drunkard and a storyteller to play the fool.” In this delightful tale, a drunk-ard and a beggar meet in a mud pile and stumble to the former’s home for a Purim meal.
Sholem Aleichem, The Old Country, p.51-66. Yiddish source: Alt-Nay Kasrilevke, AV’42 Band 4, Beys: 181-199.
From the book: Guide to Yiddish Short Stories
by Bennett Muraskin
A reference to 130 Yiddish stories available in translation. Includes concise plot summaries arranged by subject; bibliographical information; and biographical sketches of authors.