By Yale Strom
This charmingly ghoulish folktale in response to an outdated eu Jewish cusotm of preserving a marriage in a cemetery to thrust back the "Evil Eye." Klezmer musician Yiske and his band of musicians needs to discover a groom to take part during this unconventional marriage ceremony and shop town from the plague.
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Lion Sruli Tsigel – Sruli Goat Shmuel Sova – Shmuel Owl Fairdy - horse klezmer – Jewish musician shtetl – small Jewish town shvartze chaseneh – black wedding Mazel tov – Good luck is a violinist, composer, film maker, writer, photographer, and playwright—as well as a leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer music. In addition to composing, studying, and playing klezmer music, he writes Jewish stories with klezmer themes. He is an artistin-residence in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University.
All your r o f u o Thank y S mferd Rabbi Ya , y l e r e inc ed! has lift Yiske lay back down on his bed with a big smile and thought to himself — maybe miracles do happen! Author’s Note The unusual Jewish custom of the shvartze chaseneh or “black wedding” goes back to the shtetls (small towns) of Eastern Europe in the days when cholera and other diseases were epidemic in humid summers. When sanitary measures and prayers proved ineffective, the rabbis thought that perhaps a wedding bringing great happiness to lonely people might bring a cure.
The celebration lasted until morning. Then Yiske and his klezmorim wished the bride and groom good luck, climbed into their wagon, and fell fast asleep, leaving Fairdy to lead them safely home. Two weeks went by. Then, early one morning, Vevel Valfish knocked on Yiske’s door. “Yiske, wake up! ” Yiske rubbed the sleep from his eyes and jumped out of bed. Yiske, Dear Reb ic was Your mus ll ted by a apprecia greatly ds. ewlywe by the n y l l a i c pe and es s, the Good new epidemic cholera help. all your r o f u o Thank y S mferd Rabbi Ya , y l e r e inc ed!