Anthology of Novoselitsa, Twin Towns
(Novoselytsya, Ukraine)

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Translation of
Yalkut ayarat ha-teomim Novoselitsa: pirke zikhronot ve-hivui

Edited by: Yosef Kafri (Picker), Israel 1963

This is a translation of: Yalkut ayarat ha-teomim Novoselitsa: pirke zikhronot ve-hivui
(Anthology of Novoselitsa, twin towns),
Edited by: Yosef Kafri (Picker), Israel 1963 (H 140 pages)

Note: The original book can be seen online at the NY Public Library site: Novoselytsia

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Translated by Sara Mages

To the reader 7
Chapter A
Austrian Novoselitsa 8
Statistics 10
The formation of a Jewish settlement in the twin town of Novoselitsa 12
The town versus Punia 15
The Market 16
The Red Rooster 17
The Tea House 18
Smugglers and Deserters 19
Interference across the border 20
Almost a diplomatic incident 21
The Prut River 22
Transit 23
Floods 24
The “Enlightened” 24
Synagogues and Libraries 26
Orthodox and Zionists 26
On the Russian side 27
Exchange 27
The village of Boian 28
Boian - the princedom of the Admor from Ruzhin 30
The court and the personnel 32
The hostels 34
The princedom's farmstead 35
The Sabbath meal, holiday and leftovers 35
The Rabbi's synagogue 38
The elections and the court 39
The ten idlers and the eaters of “Yoske” [soup] 39
Traveling by train to the Rabbi 40
A son who glanced at and was hurt 40
Brothers' war for the chair 41
A wedding in the princedom 42
Presents from the groom to the bride 43
The end of the princedom 46
The Ruzhin dynasty 47
Genealogy 47
The Ruzhin's family 48
Sanz versus Sadgora 51
Rabbi Avraham Yakov ZTz”L the second Admor from Sadgora 54
The destruction of Austrian Novoselitsa 58
A refugee came to Vienna. The “Halutz” Center 58
The collapse of the Austrian Habsburg Empire 58
Bessarabia and Bukovina under Romanian rule 59
The pogroms against the Jews and Transnistria 60
The survivors immigrate to Israel 60
And I shall multiply my days as the sand [poem] 62
Resurrection of the dead 63
The dry bones 63
Chapter B
Drawings and Images 67
Avrahamel the silent 68
Yosale Bunder (the cooper) 68
Moshe Aharon the skeptic 69
The socialist - the mayor's son 69
Leibale Baal Shem Tov 69
A gang of sons from good families 69
The town's Rabbi and his son 71
A scholar who changed his mind and left 72
A teacher for small children 73
The manufacturer 75
Jewish porters 76
Motil son of Yakir 78
The note (Kvittel) 78
The joy of Sabbath 79
The flying righteous 79
The genius who disappointed 80
The outcast 81
Jewish patriots 81
Inhabitants of Novoselitsa in the “Hachshara”, immigration, and in the building of Israel 82
Chapter C - Point of View
Inhabitants of Novoselitsa in light of diaries and correspondence 1910-1920
    A. The vision of Zion 89
    B. The First World War 94
    C. The Revolution 99
    D. In the “Hachshara” 104
Photo album 113


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