the ancient law that declared shellfish unclean. To Adam, improved sanitation and refrigeration gave sanction to this detour from his religious training.
After another year, Adam gave in to the "itch to sell," dug up his savings, used the money to purchase items for his peddler's pack, and struck out alone! It had been necessary to bury his money for safekeeping because immigrants were not permitted to use the local banks.
Adam's Jewish faith strengthened and sustained him in the long days ahead. Lost and alone in the woods, he cried out to God to help him. A group of Quakers traveling through the area heard him and befriended him. Sensing his despair, they asked him to travel with them for a few days. Adam soon regained his confidence in their company, and he taught them Hebrew prayers. They in turn presented him with a New Testament and helped him practice his English. Adam was reminded of a saying in the Talmud, "He gives much who gives
4 with kindness." The Quakers had strengthened him.
His friends in New Orleans forwarded his mail, and he sent money to them to forward to his family. The very first letter he received, however, brought the sad news that his father had died. In the woods, sad and alone, Adam said Kaddish, "a prayer glorifying God's name, recited at the close of synagogue
prayers; one of the most solemn, and one of the most ancient of
"5 all the Jewish prayers; the mourner's prayer.
Enroute to Vincennes, Adam was befriended by an Indian named Mahortee, whom he had assisted earlier in the year.