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The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln provides an inside look into the life of a Jewish woman in the middle ages The author of the book Gluckel probably never thought her memoir would last for generations but there is a lot that can be discovered from this deeply personal look into her life Gluckel wrote this memoir to her children to detail the many events that occurred in her life Her book covers a wide breadth of experiences from the mundane to the tragic to the joyful No matter what happened to Gluckel in her life she always maintained her deep faith in God rooted in Jewish religious observance Without ever second guessing Gods decrees she accepted the good with the bad Although she begins her tale by saying This my children will be no book of morals Gluckel 1 she immediately launched into a directive to her children on how to live as faithful Jews In this narrative the Torah is considered a guide for life Throughout the book we see how Gluckels various life cycles revolve around the Torah and the Jewish holidays She encouraged her children to learn Torah diligently and to follow the letter of the law in their business activities She instructed her children to be honest with matters concerning money and with all people so as not to profane Gods name Gluckel did not just expect her children to follow her words but her very actions embodied the words she spoke Her countless business dealings were complemented by her desire to be righteous to all involved Towards the end of her life Gluckels daughter helped her mother with all her needs because she could no longer help herself Gluckels daughters great respect for her mother was surely an effect of Gluckels own dedication to her parents It is difficult to experience great despair and still accept that all is Gods will Upon the death of Gluckels close family members
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