Abraham Raisin (187&—1953)
Raisin is another of the Yiddish group who came from Russia, though he lived for some time in the United States. He is equally well-known among Yiddish readers as a poet and as a writer of stories.
The technical virtues of this popular and influential artist are particularly well exemplified in The Kaddish.
This story is reprinted from the volume, Yiddish Tales, translated by Helena Frank, copyright, 1912, by the Jewish Publication Society of America, by whose permission it is here used.
From behind the curtain came low moans, and low words of encouragement from the old and experienced Bobbe. In the room it was dismal to suffocation. The seven children, all girls, between twenty three and four years old, sat quietly each by herself, with drooping head, and waited for something dreadful.
At a little table near a great cupboard with books sat the “patriarch” Reb Selig Chanes, a tall, thin Jew, w