A picture of the Jewish Pale in Southern Russia during the late 19th century, based on the writings, autobiographical and fictional, of Shalom Rabinowitz writing under the pen name "Sholom Aleichem." Maurice Samuel and Sholom Aleichem have merged so completely that the seams never show. Samuel's has brought the characters, folk lore and memories created by Shalom Aleichem to the modern age of readers. The book is full of bueaty, humor and delight. Though about the inner story of Jewry since the earliest days of the Diaspora, the tales are presented without bitterness. The stories: Man in the Forest; Tevyeh the Dairyman; The Townlet of the Tiny Folk; The Eternal Hopuse; Love of Life; Faith; One Man to Be Envied; Sabbaths and Festicals; From Passover to Passover; Kasrielevky on a Binge; A Tale of Two Cities; The Judgements of Reb Yozifel; A Seat by the Eastern Wall; Kasrielevky of Kasreilevky; Old and New Kasrielevky; The Reconsiliation; A Special Kind of Anti-Semite; Kasrielevky in Dissolution; The Sons-in-Law of Tevyeh; The Humor of Kasrielevky; Kasrielevky Billingsgate; The Superstitions of Kasrielevky; Rabbis and Rabbis; The Two Extremes; The Open World; Fringe Types; The Children's World; The Cheder; Aurora Americana; Death in Exile.