The Wedding and Its Aftermath

Nathaniel Deutsch

in The Maiden of Ludmir

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520231917
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927971 | DOI:
The Wedding and Its Aftermath

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This chapter argues that Moshe Gottlieb must have played a significant role in the Maiden of Ludmir's life. It demonstrates that Mordechai of Chernobyl apparently visited Ludmir in the early 1830s. The Maiden married Moshe David, but later divorced him because she believed that the entire wedding had been a costly mistake. Afterward, a second marriage was arranged, but this too ended in divorce. Thus, the Maiden “remained a virgin until her death.” S. A. Horodezky presents a complicated picture of what happened after the Maiden's marriage(s). It is also impossible to say to what extent the Maiden would have been exposed to Enlightenment influences and ideas—including the emancipation of women—during her final years in Ludmir.

Keywords: Maiden of Ludmir; Moshe Gottlieb; Mordechai; Moshe David; S. A. Horodezky; marriage; divorce; Enlightenment

Chapter.  7192 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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