by Z. Weinper (New York)
Translated by Gloria Berkenstat Freund
Donated by Rebeca Gilad
|Much more than all the small villages in the entire area
They spoke about the small village of Radoviche) with love
And this love was spread by the old Malka).
Even gentiles crossed themselves and murmured: A pity,
When Malka closed her good eyes for eternity.
Peasants with their scythes and [female] peasants knitting
Talked among themselves for a long time with regret
Whoever spoke, among the Jewish dorfsgeyer [village peddlers],
There is no end to their sadness even today.
Malka is not here and who can take Malka's place?
And the great landowner of the small village of Radoviche
|And Radoviche itself a small village in Volyn,
Like all small villages, white in winter and green in summer.
A church that appears higher than all of the cottages.
White peasant cottages with straw roofs,
Still higher than the large house of Reb Bunem,
Still higher than the poles near the wells,
Where peasants with pails come to draw water
For themselves, for their horses, for cows and for lambs,
Gardens and orchards and an old, grey cross
That is crumbling, one might as well go ahead and peel it.
Reb Bunem in the fields with the peasants near the haystacks
Not in vain were visitors were drawn to her threshold.
Welcoming a guest was the main thing for her.
|A place [for him] to sleep near the oven.
Probably, that is what was wanted from above,
That Mechalke should be a gentile, an inebriated one,
Malka would always say
And, at the same time, would raise her hands, as if giving a blessing
Alas, who are we to judge a person!
And now she is not here so let this story
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