A great deal of history is covered in this book as the authors discuss the social and economic stresses
that Jews faced on both sides of the ocean throughout this time period. Each section begins with an
explanation of a particular issue, but the real delight of the book is in reading the letters themselves. .
. . Highly Recommended. * AJL Reviews * Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzl delivers more than one would expect because it goes beyond a linguistic study of letter-writing manuals and explicates their genre and social function. It is appropriate for students of Jewish life generally and Yiddishists of any age. * Slavic Review * Reproductions of brivnshtelers form the core of the book and comprise the majority of the text, providing a ground-level window into a largely obscured past. * Publishers Weekly * ...These manuals provide us with a lens to better understand Jewish life at the time, as they mirror many of the challenges and concerns that Russian and American Jews were experiencing, and as they resonate with the emotional registers found in Yiddish literature and letters more generally. * Jewish Book Council * ...[C]overs a neglected aspect of Jewish popular culture and deserves a wide readership. For all serious readers of Yiddish and immigrant Jewish culture and customs. * Library Journal *show more