Sunday, October 28, 2007

Bridges

Over ten years ago, soon after my grandfather's death, I decided to explore my family's roots. Through the Internet, I have been able to trace my Mom's maternal line back to the early 1700's in Virgina.

Also through the Internet by using JewishGen, I was able to trace my Dad's line to the 1700's to Tulchin. My great-grandfather emigrated from Nemirov Ukraine to the United States in 1914. I'm still working on my Mom's paternal line and on my Dad's maternal line. These are the two I thought would be easiest to do but it hasn't turned out that way. Genealogy is a fascinating subject. I not only discover my family's history but certain things I've found led me to read more about American and Jewish history.

I've been trying to find out more about Nemirov. My grandfather was 10 when they emigrated and I didn't think to ask him questions about what it was like living in Nemirov. I've done searches but there is very little written. But in my searches, I came across Reb Noson who was born in Nemirov in the late 1700's.

I found he was a follower of Rabbi Nachman . Rabbi Nachman founded the Breslov hasidim. Looking around their web-site , I discovered some wonderful music.

I found this wonderful version of Kol Ha’Olam Kulo on Youtube. Every week, I try to find a video and post it before Shabbat. This week at Youtube, I did a search for Breslov. And something unique came up. I discovered Na Na Nach. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with the joy these dancers exhibit.



Bridges: from Tulchin to Nemirov, to Chicago, to Mississippi, and one day, to Israel.

2 comments:

Batya said...

I know so little about my family history. My grandparents didn't talk much, even to my parents.
All I know is that both grandmothers are from the same White Russian city, Rogotchov.

shira said...

batya,

When I started my search, I just had the names of my granparents and great-grandparents. My family didn't alk very much either. There are wonderful resources. JewishGen has been extremely helpful.