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Jewish Life in Eastern Europe, ca. 1935-38 | Roman Vishniac Archive [Entrance to the historic court of Rabbi Gedaliah, Jewish district of Lublin]

[Entrance to the historic court of Rabbi Gedaliah, Jewish district of Lublin]

Poland's Jewish community before World War II was one of the largest in the world. And it was highly diverse. There were highly sophisticated, assimilated Jews in the major cities that played an important role in the country's economy. And there were Jews in the rural villages (stetl) that followed a life little changed from the middle ages.

Poland's Jewish community before World War II was one of the largest in the world. And it was racially diverse.

Roman Vishniac - The General Store, Jewish Life in Eastern Europe, ca. 1935-38.

Customer in general store, Eastern Europe, ca. © Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography.

Jewish Life in Eastern Europe, ca. 1935-38 | Roman Vishniac Archive [Requesting a loan in the offices of the local Gmiles Hesed (Free Loan Society),

Jewish Life in Eastern Europe, ca.

Roman Vishniac - Jewish Life in Eastern Europe, ca. 1935-38. Postcard from Vishniac in Mukacevo to his daughter Mara in Berlin.

Roman Vishniac - Jewish Life in Eastern Europe, ca. Postcard from Vishniac in Mukacevo to his daughter Mara in Berlin.

ABC's of Elul  Elul – the month preceding Rosh Hashanah – begins a period of intensive introspection, of clarifying life's goals, and of coming closer to God. It is a time for realizing purpose in life – rather than perfunctorily going through the motions of living by amassing money and seeking gratification. It is a time when we step back and look at ourselves critically and honestly, as Jews have from time immemorial, with the intention of improving.

The last month of the Jewish calendar is actually the most important – serving as preparation for the High Holidays.

Handmade Jewish Israel Judaica Hebrew Art Oil Painting Blessings from Rabbi

Handmade Jewish Israel Judaica Hebrew Art Oil Painting Blessings from Rabbi

Handmade Jewish Israel Judaica Hebrew Art Oil Painting Blessings from Rabbi in Art, Art from Dealers & Resellers, Paintings

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