Glueckel Of Hameln Research Paper

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The memoirs of Glueckel of Hameln begin with a discussion of God and how best to serve him (Glueckel, 2). She wanted her children to understand that as long as they are true to themselves and treat their neighbours with respect, then in the eyes of God there is no better way to serve him. It is clear that Glueckel was a God-fearing woman (Glueckel of Hameln, 1), but she made it clear from the start of her memoirs that they were not written as a guide to serving God (Ibid). In essence, her memoirs were written as a means to distract herself from the passing of her husband (Glueckel, 1). She wrote them for her children and gives them an in-depth account of her life as a Jewish woman from her infancy until her last years (Glueckel, 1). What is…show more content…
Therefore, if a family was financially affluent, then the man spent as much of his time learning (if not all of his time). This left Jewish women as the breadwinners in their households. Moreover, if some women were lucky enough to be raised with an education and had an understanding of the family finances, they were better off than most. For Glueckel, she grew up with a “secular as well as a religious education” (Gluekel, 6). In this way, it appears that she grew up in a merchant family that afforded more than the average Jewish family could. While this could give someone more privileges than others, Glueckel understood that someone could be prosperous in life even without the aid of a large dowry (Glueckel, 14-15). Her mother and father taught her the importance of saving and earning. Hence, for Glueckel, financial security was of the upmost importance to her and was something she wanted to entrust upon her children. It was what Glueckel learned from a young age that was the basis of her livelihood. Her upbringing gave her the tools to shatter the stereotypes and create a livelihood built off of earning enough to support her family and give them the best chances in…show more content…
Like many children, Glueckel saw her parents as prime examples of what to do in order to have a prosperous business and be financially secure. Her father “left no debts and worked himself to the bone to provide decently for his family” (Glueckel, 11). With this role model, Glueckel saw how hard work is more representative of a person’s wealth than a large inheritance. She also witnessed how “the community prospered during the presidency of [her] father” (Glueckel, 21). As for her mother, Glueckel saw how a Jewish woman can break the mould and fend for herself. Her mother proved herself to be a fine businesswoman and knew how to make the goods she would sell. Overall, “when merchants found that she knew her business and was prompt in her deliveries, they trusted her without surety.” (Glueckel, 18). Even though she was a women, she was able to prove herself a good businessperson and therefore, was able to “provide a living for her mother and clean, decent clothes for herself” (Glueckel, 18). Glueckel’s mother is an example of a Jewish woman who strived to provide for her family and succeeded in her endeavor to do so. While her parents were prime examples of successful business people, they were not the only ones for Glueckel to model herself after. Glueckel recounts of stories of individuals from her life that worked for their living. More specifically, Glueckel often recounts of stories
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