Bread Givers





Bread Givers:  Bread Givers shows the life of a Jewish family in
modernizing America during
the early 1900\'s, but it focuses in on a young girl who\'s father is a Rabbi
that does
nothing but teach the Holy Torah all day and does no work to earn money.
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Bread Givers
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Bread Givers shows the life of a Jewish family in modernizing America during
the early 1900\'s, but it focuses in on a young girl who\'s father is a Rabbi
that does
nothing but teach the Holy Torah all day and does no work to earn money.
During
this time period it was hard on almost all Jewish families and this family
was seeing
this now, the inability of getting a decent job, and most of all, the need to
find a
suitable husband.
 
All of the family works hard except for the father, he is always out
preaching the
Torah while his daughters earn the only income the family gets. He was a
\'religious
freak\' that did nothing else to help his family through their hardships. And
the thing
that bothered me, the reader, the most was the fact that the daughters had to
do all
the work for the family and their father still had total control over them in
just about
every aspect if not all. The biggest part was controlling who they marry to.
 
The first showing of this power was apparant when his oldest daughter,
Bessie,
brought home a nice young man that she liked a great deal and vice-versa. But
the
young man was not in the upper-class that the father wanted and though that
he would
be a burden so he drove his daughter\'s love away over money.
 
The youngest dauaghter though figured that she would not be controlled by her
father and decided to run away with only a few dollars and start a somewhat
new life.
After finding a small room that she could live in, she got a very tough job
considering the pay was so little. But with this little pay she was able to
survive and
keep the rent going long enough to get into school. After long, brutal,
endless days
and nights of studying she finally got into a college in the suburbs of New
York but
she didn\'t fit in with anyone.
 
After finally getting out of college she got a job at a small elementary
school and
made good money especially compared to what he had made in her previous jobs.
But she soon recieved word that her mother was dying and this meant that
there
would be no one to take care of her father. But unbeknownced to her, father
had
already been looking around the neighborhood and had already found a widow
that
would take care of him. But this new wife wanted money and a very good life
so the
father had to go and work.
 
Even after all of the hardships placed on the three daughters by their father
they
felt the need to support him so they sent money to him and ended his need to
work.
This just shows the true love that the daughters had towards their father.
 
I feel that Bread Givers is a very good book. At first I did not want to read
it
because it was another U.S. History, "you have to read it," book.
But after i read the
First Chapter I couldn\'t put the book down.
 
It is an excellent book and I feel that it should be required reading for any
high
schooler going through U.S. History. It, in very good detail, portrays life
of an
immigrant during these early times in our growing American nation. I learned
a
great deal of what they had to go through especially after asking my
grandmother if
she had to go through any of this when she moved here. Midway through the
book I
called her and found that this life was no different for Polish immigrants
and that it
was a very hard life indeed, that I am glad I did not have to go through. I
also feel
very sorry for anyone that had to go through this because of all the
hardships
involved. All of this was inspired by me reading this one book. And I feel
that just
about any literate person would enjoy this book immensly.
 
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