Bread Givers

Judaism in Bread Givers

Reb and Sara express the clash between traditional and assimilated Jews. Reb Smolinsky relies on teachings from the Talmud for his life view; these are often referred to in the text. He often uses the sacred texts to justify his domination of his wife and daughters. Critics have suggested that Bread Givers was influenced by the stories of Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa, and the roles of his wife and daughter. Reb is clearly associated with Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa and Shenah with the Rabbi's wife. While Sara is clearly associated with the Rabbi's daughter, she represents the antithesis.Bread Givers was based off Anzia Yezierska's life. She herself was an immigrant and Sara was based on herself. Reb was developed from her father.

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