Dear Menorah, Thank you for being a mensch! Yes, absolutely continue paying your cleaning lady. I say, pay her for as long as it is financially feasible for you. People who work hourly, in low-paying jobs — who are often undocumented — are the most vulnerable to financial ruin in a situation like this, so the best thing you can do is continue paying her.
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Founded by Abraham Cahan left , The Forward was the most popular Yiddish daily newspaper in America at the turn of the 20th century. From tough bosses to rough neighborhoods, from dating to marriage to love, the Bintel Brief became a favorite source of advice and wisdom for generations of Jewish immigrants.
Today, The Forward is published weekly in both English and Yiddish and online. The Bintel Brief is currently part of a blog where readers continue to send in questions and receive quality advice from the editors. Discussion Questions What questions do you think you would have if you were an immigrant in a new country? What topics of advice would you seek?
At the turn of the 20th century, newspapers played an integral role in helping immigrants assimilate to life in America.
Do you think this is still true today? What other resources are available to immigrants in the 21st century? Classroom Extensions Have students think of a problem an immigrant might struggle with today and write a letter to an editor describing the situation.
Students should exchange letters, and then write a response to a letter written by a fellow classmate. Explore the letters as a class and compare the questions and advice received today to those in the original Bintel Brief. Discuss the similarities and differences between the immigrant experience of the past and today. Museum at Eldridge Street.
A Bintel Brief
About The Bintel Brief About For the thousands of Jewish immigrants who flooded into America during the late s and early s, the Jewish Daily Forward was far more than a newspaper? Led by its legendary founding editor, Abraham Cahan, the Forverts helped generations of newcomers adjust to life in America. Unabashedly leftist in bent, the paper tirelessly chronicled the hardships of life in New York? But the work of helping immigrants and promoting a leftist agenda also continued off the page: The Jewish Daily Forward sponsored English classes, charity balls and a pro-labor summer camp, and hosted vaccination days in the lobby of its building. The paper? Readers, in turn, did more than just read the news; they reported it to the paper by letter and in person, often appealing directly to the staff for help and advice. From the outset, the relationship between the publication and its readers was interactive.
Bintel Brief is Back: ‘Dear Abbys’ dish advice in dark times
Begun in by Forverts editor Abraham Cahan, the column was a forum in which readers could share their stories, seek counsel, and even find relatives. The Bintel Brief was a valued resource for Jewish immigrants trying to establish a new American identity. Unwed Mother Written by a man, this letter concerns an out-of-wedlock pregnancy and the disproportionate price paid by the woman. Is he obliged to marry her, he asks, even if he does not love her?