Videos of Jewish Interest

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Performing arts Feature films


The Four Sons: A Guide to Passover. 1988.
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With the help of Manny (Theodore Bikel) and his wife, three brothers learn the methods and significance of Passover and how to prepare the traditional seder without the help of their parents.
A Hanukah Celebration: Candle unto Candle. 1987.
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An entertaining and informative look at various aspects of Hanukah which also features a Soviet emigre telling his story of freedom.
The Jewish Holidays Video Guide. 1987.
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The history and practice of Jewish holidays featuring Ed Asner, Theodore Bikel, Monty Hall, Judge Wapner and others.
Passover. 1982.
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Teaches the history, practice, and significance of Passover using still photographs, archival footage, and modern scenes to evoke the message of freedom. Features Ed Asner.
Passover Adventure. 1987.
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An American-born Israeli follows the route of the Exodus from Egypt to celebrate Passover in a most special way.
A Passover Seder. 1994.
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Live action, original illustrations and animation guide the viewer through a Passover seder. Prologue and epilogue based on commentary by Elie Wiesel.
"T.G.I.S.": Thank Goodness It's Shabbat. 1988.
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A young couple learns about the significance and rituals of Shabbat.


The Holy Land: 5000 Years. 1985.
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Holy land sites are presented in chronological order from the biblical era to the present.
Israel: The Holy Land. 1986.
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Views of the towns and cities of Israel.

Jewish Thought

The Talmud and the Scholar. 1990. 
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A behind-the-scenes look at Adin Steinsaltz, whose English translation and analysis of the Talmud has made the Oral Law accessible to a new generation of English readers.
Torah Forum: Children in the Age of Narcissism. 198-?
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A made-for-television lecture by Rabbi Manis Friedman that focuses on Chassidic insights into child raising.
Torah Forum: Transitions, Life's Seasons. 198-?
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A made-for-television lecture by Rabbi Manis Friedman on how to live with hard-to-accept changes in our lives, especially as they affect loved ones.
Wisdom of Faith. 1996.
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Huston Smith relates his experiences with the world's greatest religions and attempts to show how all of these "wisdom traditions" share fundamental truths. A Bill Moyers special.

Hebrew Language

Basic Hebrew 1 & 2. 1985.
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Lessons in basic Hebrew on the alphabet, verbs and simple phrases.

Performing Arts

Almonds and Raisins: A History of the Yiddish Cinema. 1988.
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Documentary on the Yiddish cinema in America which features extensive excerpts from Yiddish films. Includes contemporary footage of New York City and Eastern European village life and interviews with those who have participated in the Yiddish cinema.
The Golden Age of Second Avenue. 1987.
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Documentary on the Yiddish theatre in America which features excerpts from Yiddish films and interviews with those who have participated in Yiddish theatre.
The Journey of Butterfly. 1996
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Weaves together the music,art, poetry and history of the children imprisoned in the ghetto at Terezin. Features the American Boychoir performing in concert "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Night on the Sea of Galilee: Israel Folk Dance Festival. 198- ?
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A collection of performances by Israeli folkloric dance groups.


Anne Frank Remembered. 1996
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Family members, childhood friends and the people who hid the Franks bring life to the girl behind the diary. Academy Award winning documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh with selections from Anne's diary read by Glenn Close. German, Dutch and English with English subtitles.
Profile of an Artist: Moriziu Gottlieb. 1987.
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Describes the paintings of the Polish Jewish artist who died at age 23 and was known as "the Jewish Rembrandt."
A Portrait of Elie Wiesel: In the Shadow of Flames. 1988.
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An interview with Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in which he remembers his childhood and comments on his life as a writer and philosopher. Illustrated with artwork and photographs.
Homage to Chagall. 1967.
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Portrait of the Russian painter with photographs of over 300 of his paintings, murals and stained-glass windows. Includes an interview with Chagall and his wife.
Schindler. 199-?.
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The story of German industrialist Oskar Schindler who saved over 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust is presented through archival film and photographs and interviews with survivors and witnesses.

Jewish History and Culture

Chronicles and Kings. 1991.
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Uses Biblical and archaeological evidence to present the rise and fall of ancient Israel.
From Toledo to Jerusalem. 1990.
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A musical journey with Yehoram Gaon through 500 years of Sephardic culture and history. Ladino with English subtitles.
Heritage-Civilization and the Jews. 1984.
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The nine videos in this series are part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Library Video Classics Project. Abba Eban chronicles Jewish thought and culture over three millennia in this epic documentary series.
   v.1- A People is Born (3500 B.C. to 6th Cent. B.C.)
   v.2 - Power of the Word (6th Cent. B.C. to 2nd Cent. A.D.)
   v.3 - The Shaping of Tradition (1st to the 9th Cent.)
   v.4 - The Crucible of Europe (9th to 15th Cent.)
   v.5 -The Search for Deliverance (1492-1789)
   v.6 - Roads from the Ghetto (1789-1914)
   v.7 - The Golden Land (1654-1932)
   v.8 - Out of the Ashes (1914-1945)
   v.9 - Into the Future (1945 to the present)
The Jewish Museum. 1984. 
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An introduction to The Jewish Museum in New York which provides a close look at the art and artifacts reflecting the scope and diversity of Jewish experience, ritual and culture.
The Jews of Poland: Five Cities. 1988.
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Filmed primarily in 1939, these five short documentaries focus on Jewish life in the cities of Krakow, Vilna, Lwow, Warsaw and Bialystok.
The Last Chapter: The Saga of One Thousand Years of Jewish Life in Poland. 198-?
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Recollection of the history of Jewish life in Poland culminating in the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto in 1943.
A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. 1997.
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Relates the story of the creation of Hasidic post-holocaust communities in the United States.
Mightier than the Sword. 1991.
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Examines the historical context and cultural background preceding and surrounding the birth of Jesus, the writing of the New Testament and the shaping of the Old Testament. Also covers Jerusalem and other great cities of the time and discusses the Dead Sea Scrolls and the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans.
The Party-Line on Soviet Jewry. 1990.
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Propaganda films made by the Soviet government to address the issue of Soviet Jewry and their immigration to Israel.
The Perfect Gift: A Guide to Articles in the Jewish Home. 1988.
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A visit to a gift shop of religious objects and books that every Jewish home should have.
Streets and Alleys: Stories with a Chicago Accent. 1998.
Storyteller, humorist and lecturer Syd Lieberman reads from his book Streets and Alleys, a collection of personal stories.


America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference. 1994. 
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Explores the factors that shaped America's response to the Holocaust and asks "Why didn't America do more?"
Echoes of a Nightmare. 1987.
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Cinema verite, documentary which chronicles the incident concerning the efforts of the American Nazi Party to march in Skokie.
Facing Hate: Elie Wiesel with Bill Moyers. 1991.
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Holocaust survivor Wiesel examines the logic of hatred as expressed in books, religion, history and personal experience.
Hearing Voices, Listening Across the Years: The Women of Theresiendstadt. 1998.
Lecture and readings by Dr. Ruth Schwertfeger based on her book of collected poems and memoirs which articulate the accounts of the women who were forced to live in the camp.
Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie. 1989.
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Academy Award winning documentary which traces the forty-year hunt for Klaus Barbie, the infamous Nazi war criminal.
The Hunt for Adolf Eichmann. 1994.
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Documentary of how the Israelis traced, captured and brought war criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.
Liberation 1945 Testimony. 1995
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Eyewitness accounts of the liberation of concentration camps in 1945.
Liberators Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II. 1992. 
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Tells the story of African American batallions which spearheaded General Patton's Third Army and helped liberate the concentration camps at Buchenwald, Dachau and Lambach.
Lodz Ghetto. 1992.
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An account of life in the Lodz Ghetto through over a thousand filmed images, made at great risk and left deliberately by the doomed community.
One Survivor Remembers. 1996.
Through interviews, photographs and footage, shot in the actual locations of her memories, Gerda Weissman Klein takes the viewer on a journey of survival.
Shoah. 1985.
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Interviews with death-camp survivors and Nazi functionaries. Shows present day view of some of the concentration camps.
Shtetl. 1996.
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Two Polish-American Jews return to the small village of Bransk, Poland to uncover the true story of life in the shtetl before and after the village's 2,500 Jews were transported to Treblinka.
Survivors of the Holocaust. 1996.
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Chronicles the events of the Holocaust as witnessed by those who survived. Includes a segment, hosted by Ben Kingsley which takes the viewer behind the scenes at the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.
Theresienstadt and Hitler's Final Solution. 1998.
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Lecture by Dr. Leon Stine explaining the unique nature of Theresienstadt as a camp/ghetto and its place and significance in Hitler's final solution.
Triumph of the Will. 1993.
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Commissioned by Hitler, this film was designed both to introduce the new German leaders to the nation and to impress foreign audiences. It features policy speeches by Goebbels, Goering, Streicher, Himmler and Hess. German with English subtitles.
The Wannsee Conference. 1986.
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Depicts the conference attended by Nazi leaders in Berlin, January 2, 1942, to determine the fate of the Jewish people.
Weapons of the Spirit.
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The story of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a small mountain village in South-central France, and how its citizens responded to the Nazi terror against the Jews during the German occupation of France from 1940 to 1944. Told through interviews, newsreel footage, photographs and historical accounts.
Witness and Legacy: Contemporary Art about the Holocaust. 1996.
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Exhibition of works by survivors who are professional artists, children of survivors, empathizers and artists who have decided to take up the subject of the Holocaust.

World War II

In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II. 1998.
Personal reminiscences by veterans of the Jewish Brigade, a regiment of the British Army during WW II. Includes extensive historical footage of their activities and campaigns.
World War II: The Propaganda Battle. 1988.
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Shows how the United States and Germany used motion pictures to inspire their countrymen and instill in their troops a desire to win the war.

The following videos are part of the Why We Fight series. These feature-length documentaries, intended for Americans in the armed forces during World War II, later fascinated the general public.

Prelude to War: World at the Brink. 1984.
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Contrasts the Axis and democratic philosophies, explains the Axis plan of world conquest, and reviews events from 1933 to 1939 culminating in the Japanese conquest of Manchuria and the Italian conquest of Ethiopia.
The Nazi Strike, Blitzkrieg! 1984.
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Documentary film record of Germany's preparation for war, the conquest of Austria and Czechoslovakia, and the attack upon Poland.
Divide & Conquer: Europe in Flames. 1984.
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Documentary film record of the German attack upon and conquest of Belgium, Holland, and France in 1940.
The Battle of Britain: The Finest Hour. 1984.
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The year was 1940 and Europe's defenses had been crushed under the Nazi machine, leaving England alone to face the might of Hitler's forces. Behind the leadership of Winston Churchill, the English forces staved off disaster and stopped Hitler's bombing of England.
The Battle of Russia: The Nazi March Frozen. 1984.
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Documentary showing the Russian defense against the Nazi invasion during World War II, focusing on the Battle of Stalingrad.
The Battle of China: Assault on the Great Wall. 1984.
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Documentary record of Japan's attempt to conquer China, beginning with the events of the 1930s, continuing with the Chinese defense effort in the early 1940s, and ending with the Allies bringing help to the Chinese in 1942.
War Comes to America: The Front at Home. 1984.
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Reviews the history of the United States and describes the characteristics, habits, and beliefs of the American people. Also explains the events from 1931 to 1941 that caused the United States to enter World War II.

Feature Films

American Matchmaker. 1940.
The story of second-generation Jewish American immigrants. Yiddish with English subtitles.
Atalia. 1982.
Set on Israeli kibbutz in 1973, this film depicts the relationship between a 40-year-old war widow and an 18-year-old man who has been rejected from the Israeli army for health reasons. Hebrew with English subtitles.
The Attic: the Hiding of Anne Frank. 1988.
Based on the book "Anne Frank Remembered" by Miep Gies who risked everything to hide two Jewish families in the attic over the office where she worked.
Au Revoir les Enfants. 1987.
Based on the director's life, this film chronicles Louis Malle's experiences during the German occupation of France in World War II. French with English subtitles.
Beyond the Walls. 1984.
Focuses on the struggle between Arabs and Jews within the confines of an overcrowded Israeli prison. Hebrew with English subtitles.
Broken Glass. 1997.
When a doctor investigates the sudden, unexplained paralysis of a Brooklyn Jewish housewife, he discovers the connections between her illness and her sexless marriage to a self-loathing Jew and violent anti-Semitic riots in Nazi Germany. An episode of Masterpiece Theatre.
Crossing Delancey. 1988.
Comedy about a self-reliant young woman whose grandmother arranges for her to meet an eligible bachelor through the services of a marriage broker.
The Diary of Anne Frank. 1959.
Dramatization of a young girl's diary describing the lives of eight people who hide in an attic for two years to avoid arrest by the Nazis.
The Dybbuk . 1937.
Based on Shalom Anski's folktale of a restless, disembodied spirit who enters the body of a woman he was pledged to wed. Yiddish with English subtitles.
Europa Europa. 1991.
The true story of a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi. Based on the autobiography of Solly Perel. German and Russian with English subtitles.
Every Time We Say Goodbye. 1986.
A Royal Air Force officer, recuperating from a leg wound in Jerusalem, falls in love with a beautiful Jewish girl whose family tries to keep them separated.
Fiddler on the Roof. 1971.
Musical in which Tevye, the milkman of a pre-revolutionary Russian village, converses with God, lives for tradition and has five daughters to marry off. Based on the books of Sholem Aleichem.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. 1971.
An aristocratic Jewish family is forced to acknowledge the world beyond its fenced garden when Mussolini's anti-Semitic edicts begin to isolate the Jews from their communities. Italian with English subtitles.
Gentleman's Agreement. 1947.
A writer assigned to do a magazine series on anti-semitism decides to pose as a Jew.
Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg. 1990.
The story of Raoul Wallenberg, who with the help of the Swedish Embassy, moved to Budapest to help protect Jews from Eichmann's Sonderkommando.
Green Fields. 1937.
A young Hasidic scholar leaves his studies to search the countryside for common people and a meaningful existence close to the land. Yiddish with English subtitles.
Hamsin. 1983.
The problem of Arab-Jewish relations is portrayed in this study of a Jewish landowner and his Arab worker. Hebrew with English subtitles.
Hanna's War. 1988.
The true story of Hungarian freedom fighter, Hanna Senesh, based in part on her diaries.
Holocaust. 1988.
A made-for-television drama that examines the effect Nazi policies have on two German families.
House on Chelouche Street. 1973.
The story of a 15-year-old boy growing up in Tel Aviv under British rule as the populace struggles to gain independence.
Intimate Story. 1981.
The warmth and concern of the kibbutz community is contrasted with the lack of privacy in this drama about the breakdown of a marriage on a kibbutz. Hebrew with English subtitles.
The Jazz Singer. 1980.
A fifth generation cantor is torn between his predestined life in a Lower East Side synagogue and his talent as a popular song writer.
Judgment at Nuremberg. 1961.
Fictional account of a war crime trial of four high-level Nazis.
Kanal. 1957.
During the final days of the Warsaw uprising, a group of Polish citizens and patriots attempt to flee the Nazis through the sewer system.
Kuni Lemel in Tel Avivh. 1977.
Grandpa Kuni offers five million dollars to the first of his twin grandsons to marry a nice Jewish woman and move to Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles.
The Last Butterfly. 1991.
A French actor refuses to cooperate with the Nazis when he learns the horrifying truth about Terezin, a concentration camp filled with artists and children to prove to the world how well the Nazis treat the imprisoned Jews.
Late Summer Blues. 1987.
When the first of their friends to be inducted into the Israeli army is killed, the students turn their graduation play into an anti-war statement.
Man Who Captured Eichmann. 1996.
The Nazi war criminal is living in exile in postwar Argentina when he is suddenly snatched off the street by Israel's Mossad Based on Peter Malkin's memoir, Eichmann in My Hands.
Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story. 1989.
When the American War Crimes Unit shuts down, Simon Wiesenthal continues to hunt down the Nazi war criminals on his own.
The Nasty Girl. 1990.
A young woman's attempt to enter a national essay contest on the subject of "My Hometown During the Third Reich" results in her obsessive quest for the truth. German with English subtitles.
The Odessa File. 1974.
During 1963, a German journalist attempts to track down some SS war criminals who have formed a secret organization called ODESSA. Based on Frederick Forsyth's novel.
Over the Ocean. 1991.
Comedy set in 1962 and narrated from the perspective of a ten-year-old boy whose parents cannot agree whether to move to Canada or remain in Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles.
The Pawnbroker. 1965.
A New York pawnbroker lives in a sheltered world with haunting memories of Nazi prison camps.
Price Above Rubies. 1998.
An Unhappy Hasidic housewife in New York City yearns for sexual liberation and the freedom to pursue a career.
QB VII (v.1-3). 1974.
The story of a novelist who is sued by a doctor for libel because the author's best-seller accuses the doctor of being a Nazi collaborator who conducted experiments on Jews in a concentration camp during World War II. Based on the novel by Leon Uris.
The Quarrel. 1990.
Two holocaust survivors meet accidentally in Montreal in 1948. One has become religious, the other has turned his back on God. The two spend the day reconciling their differences and renewing their faith and friendship
Saint Clara. 1991.
A teenage Russian immigrant has clairvoyant powers which create mayhem in her high school and disrupt the whole town as she predicts winning lottery numbers and an earthquake. Her powers may not last, however. She'll lose them the first time she falls in love. Hebrew with English subtitles.
Sallah. 1964.
Satirical comedy showing the problems an immigrant family from North Africa encounters in adjusting to life in Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles.
Schindler's List. 1993.
The true story of Oskar Schindler, Nazi party member, womanizer and war profiteer who saved more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. Based on the novel by Thomas Keneally.
School Ties. 1992.
A popular student at an exclusive New England prep school becomes the object of ridicule and scorn when his Jewish heritage is revealed.
Sholom Aleichem's Tevya. 1939.
Tevya's paternal affection conflicts with his deep commitment to religious tradition when one of his daughters falls in love with a Gentile. Yiddish with English subtitles.
The Shop on Main Street. 1965.
A man who takes a job as an "Aryan comptroller" for a Jewish-owned button shop, befriends the owner and decides to shield her from the Nazis. 1965 Best Foreign Language Film. Czech with English subtitles.
Skokie. 1981.
Based on the actual events of the conflict that developed when a group of Neo-Nazis planned to march through the streets of Skokie.
Sophie's Choice. 1982.
A personalized view of the Holocaust and its devastating effect on one woman who survived it. Based on the novel by William Styron.
Yentl. 1983.
Barbra Steisand portrays a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to gain entrance to an orthodox Jewish school. Based on "Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy" by Isaac Bashevis Singer.