Jack Kamen was born in 1913 above his father's harness shop in
Brownsville, a Yiddish-speaking section of Brooklyn. He brings that lost
world to life in this humorous, heartwarming, historical collection of
family stories with universal appeal.
Jack bares all as he reveals secrets of the Enchanted Outhouse,
the Mysterious Yeshiva Fire, and the Great Thanksgiving Fraud.
Learn why Jack was in the Oval Office one month and jail the
next...why Uncle Youssel sold his soul...and how Jack saved his
hide when the Manhater's Club discovered him eavesdropping.
Jack's greatest secret--his formula for health, happiness, and
longevity--is hidden in every story. It's his attitude, and it's
Pass it on.
"These stories will have you laughing out
Highly recommended as a gift
for elders, teachers (any grade), anyone interested in history or
families, your children, or for yourself!"
- Dr. Kathleen E. Kain, Ph.D.,
Columbia, SC (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Heirloom Stories from the Harnessmaker's Son
--Tales your grandfather might have told you
- Experience life in Tagancha, a Russian shtetl, in the late 1800s.
- Learn the Harnessmaker's tricks for survival in...and desertion
- Hear the magic words that saved his family from massacre by
- Escape to America with the Harnessmaker using bribes, forged
papers, and assumed names.
"I'm ordering copies for all my Hebrew High students."
Arthur Zuckerman, Congregation Beth Am, Del Mar, CA
- Visit Izzy's pushcart on Belmont Avenue, in
Brooklyn, where tomatoes were always three
pounds for a quarter. The ones he gave you never looked as
good as the ones he displayed. -But if you shopped late in the day,
you'd get the better ones.
- Come to the shul, next door to the harness shop, where Jack was bar
mitzvah. Afterwards, his mother gave him his first birthday present...two pairs of socks. He
didn't tell anyone so his sister
wouldn't become jealous. Seventy-three years later she found out. She was not happy.
- Catch Uncle Youssel sneaking a nosh before sundown on Yom Kippur. Were there
others who sold their souls for Jack's mother's cooking? Uncle Youssel was the
only one they caught.
"My grandparents also came from Russia and I didn't get to hear their stories.
I treasure the cultural history in this book."
-Jacquie Lowell, M. Ed,
- Hear Maurice's secret. He didn't want his parents to see his
yeshiva report card, so he set the teacher's desk on fire. More than seventy
years ago, Jack swore he wouldn't tell anyone. Should he be worried now? It's
not good to have Maurice angry with you.
- Learn Jack's trick for escaping his mother's pinching fingers. He dove under
his bed, plastered himself against the wall, and stayed out of her reach for a
few minutes. Eighty years later, he still thinks he outsmarted her.
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"It's a good thing you
can't smell that sheepskin," Jack warns. "Every baby in
Brownsville was photographed on it."